Embedded in interdisciplinary research, just as in disciplinary research, are statements of purpose, theoretical frameworks, research questions, reviews of literature, methodology, findings, recommendations, and more However, one of the least understood aspects of interdisciplinary research is the interdisciplinary research (IDR) theoretical framework. This article is intended to serve as a platform for dialogue within and across disciplines about interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks. In addition, it provides a model for developing an IDR theoretical framework through an illustrative example of how an IDR theoretical framework was created and used within a dissertation study. We conclude the article noting critical elements about IDR and IDR theoretical frameworks for students and researchers to consider for enhancing their research.
Interdisciplinary Theoretical Research Framework (IDR Theoretical Frameworks), Interdisciplinary Research (IDR), Theoretical Framework, Qualitative Educational Research
An earlier version of this work was presented at the Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2016, where the feedback from audience members provided useful additions to refining this article. We would also like to thank TQR and the review process with Daniel Wulff who helped to enhance the final manuscript.
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CohenMiller, A., & Pate, E. (2019). A Model for Developing Interdisciplinary Research Theoretical Frameworks. The Qualitative Report, 24(6), 1211-1226. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss6/2
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