Interdisciplinary connoisseurship in sport psychology research

Authored by: Andrew C. Sparkes , Brett Smith

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Interdisciplinary work involves researchers from a variety of disciplines collaborating to solve a common problem. Multidisciplinary work involves researchers from various disciplines working separately on different aspects of a broad problem. Accordingly, as Sparkes and Smith (2014) and Stock and Burton (2011) note, the former is different from the latter in the level of integration and cooperation it requires to meet the aims of bridging disciplinary viewpoints. Interdisciplinary research enables the examination of existing accumulated knowledge from the perspective of a neighboring discipline and, most importantly, crossing boundaries to create new knowledge.

This approach involves bringing people and ideas together from different disciplines to jointly frame a problem, agree on a methodological approach, and analyze data. Thus interdisciplinary research requires a much more collaborative approach to problem formulation and methodological development than multidisciplinary research.

(Stock & Burton, 2011, p. 1096)

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