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Researching across boundaries in the social sciences

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posted on 2023-05-23, 06:54 authored by Ian HayIan Hay
This chapter explores the concept that social science researchers need to research across traditional boundaries to better respond to the complexity of human behaviour and the pluralism that is a common characteristic of society. The topic is investigated using examples from the author’s own research related to the formation of adolescents’ self-identity and his research on children’s early reading development. Within the chapter it is argued that researchers need to be responsive to opportunities and that boundaries to their research are often more imaginary than real. Research is premised on the need to problem solve and thus it needs to transition and blend together at least three related elements that are often perceived as three different elements: the technical, the creative, and the communicative elements. Cross boundary research identifies that knowledge and wisdom cannot be siloed in one location, procedure or discipline but rather it is acquired over time using a variety of sources, resources, and influences.

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Publication title

International Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World: Conference Proceedings

Volume

A

Editors

S Fan, T Le, Q Le and Y Yue

Pagination

15-29

ISBN

978-0-646-58268-9

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute

Place of publication

Launceston, Tasmania

Event title

International Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World

Event Venue

Phuket, Thailand

Date of Event (Start Date)

2012-05-16

Date of Event (End Date)

2012-05-18

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Pedagogy

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