Can you answer the question?

The article “Interdisciplinary Studies and our Practice” written by David D. Olds is an article that shows a great overview of why Interdisciplinary Studies is useful. Whatever involvement of a study you may be working towards, it will consider you answering a question. How can I fix this? or how can we better that? An important idea this article discuses is how we can reframe a question to better the answer. Olds writes,  “we may see the need to re frame the question concerning the impact of interdisciplinary information on clinical practice(pg.3)”. This is an important step of the problem solving process that Interdisciplinary study introduces. If we can not understand the question let’s re frame it…let’s see what other disciplines have an effect on the answer. In this particular example Old’s refers to a “clinical practice” and says that considering re framing the question has the ability to better the answer. Interdisciplinary studies is all about seeing things from a different perspective such as re framing a question and looking at it from a different point of view.

Old’s also refers to how Interdisciplinary studies has directly bettered the studies of science in particular. He overviews, “There has of late been a fruitful back-and-forth between our discipline and a major branch of biologically oriented philosophy, including the works of Cavell, Churchland… such interdisciplinary intercourse is the model for the scientific interchange that is now occurring(pg. 5)”. Modernly, it is evident that Interdisciplinary studies has bettered the works of everything from biology to philosophy. So, if this study can better science and biology who is to say it will not better criminal justice and psychology, or English and history? The idea is that relations can better any discipline. To prove his point Old’s goes on to question and successfully answer, “What kind of interdisciplinary information would have any effect on our work? I will present six examples of new knowledge and open for consideration the question, Do they really make a difference?(6)”. He continues to write about 6 great and accurate examples of how Interdisciplinary studies has helped benefit each category. He has an outstanding amount of examples to back up his claim. A few examples being: “Cognitive Processes and Capacities”, “ Complex Models of Mind”, and even “Procedural Memory(pg.5). All of these examples have multiple disciplines relying on them. Cognitive processes and capacities will relate to everything from biology to psychology. Models of the mind with connect with biology, anatomy, even construction. So are you able to answer the question yourself? Does Interdisciplinary studies really make a difference?

In conclusion, I know with certainty that I can answer the question. Interdisciplinary Studies DOES make all the difference. It is the change we need in an advanced world.


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s really cool that any discipline can change any others. My major involves communication, primarily writing and film, and ecology. Something I’ve thought about is “If I were to make a film promoting an ecological solution to an ecological problem, or creating awareness of an ecological problem, how can I make the creation of the film a little bit greener, cleaner, and more energy efficient?” I feel like if I don’t find a way to move in that direction, it makes me a hypocrite of a director. If we are supposed to be bettering our fields by integrating them, maybe I can take a step toward making film making a little more eco-friendly. That’s quite a jump, from ecology to film. I remember in one of the articles we read a while ago, it was mentioned that the mathematician Hardy made a great contribution to biology. It doesn’t really seem like the biggest leap, but it really made a huge impact on biology, and how we can predict how populations may change over time (the Hardy-Weinberg theorum).

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  2. actualham says:

    This actually makes me want to go and read the article, and I will share it with my colleagues in the science disciplines, since they might find some fruitful frameworks for thinking about interdisciplinarity as we move to a cluster model here at PSU. So thanks for introducing me to this work!


  3. seagullsea says:

    Definitely the future as we see that the universe is interconnected.

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