What is collaborative, interdisciplinary reasoning? The heart of interdisciplinary team science
Laursen B. What is collaborative, interdisciplinary reasoning? The heart of interdisciplinary team science. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks for understanding team science. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda..
Collaborative, interdisciplinary research has grown
dramatically in recent decades—both in prevalence
as well as promise. This growth has occurred in spite
of the fact that this form of research poses its own
special challenges. These challenges have sparked
meta-research on collaborative, interdisciplinary
processes, a literature to which this paper contributes.
Underrated in this meta-research is a clear
understanding of perhaps the most basic task of
these research teams: collaborative, interdisciplinary
reasoning (CIR). This paper presents an analysis of CIR
centered on the co-application, co-creation, and corepair
of intersubjective values and standards among
This view of CIR takes its departure from a Habermasian
understanding of rational discourse (1) and further
refines it with work by Wright (2, 3) and Campolo
(4, 5) on the necessary conditions of “reasoning
together.” Wright and Campolo emphasize that
collaborative reasoning is pursued for the sake of
continuing a discourse that was interrupted, perhaps
by new evidence, circumstances, interlocutors, or
misunderstandings. In CIR, these interruptions manifest
as “research questions” that instigate a collaborative
research project. Together with Habermas, Wright and
Campolo point out that resuming a discourse rationally
requires that interlocutors share values so that they can
mutually evaluate reasons given by their conversation
partners. In interdisciplinary team settings, these values
are packaged in the methods, standards, frameworks,
and concepts of the various participating disciplines.
Intersubjective integration of these values is typically
required for interdisciplinary reasoning to succeed.
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation
Addresses these goal(s):
- Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
- Conduct research on/evaluate team science
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