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Classifying the Disciplinarity of Engineering Academic Literature

Lattanzio, Susan, Mogles, Nataliya, Carey, Emily and Kharlamov, Alex (2020) Classifying the Disciplinarity of Engineering Academic Literature 27th International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2020).

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Based on the appearance of the term within the academic literature, it would appear that transdisciplinarity (TD) approaches are receiving increased research attention. However, the literature suggests a lack of consensus over how TD is defined and classified. This could give rise to inconsistency and papers that claim to be TD which are not, and alternatively papers that fail to mention TD but which might be classified as such. This is significant and creates a challenge in identifying the true level of TD research. This work contributes towards understanding the state of TD within engineering. Explicitly, we address the research question: Is the engineering academic literature claiming to be TD, actually TD? Within this study we operationalise the work of Jantsch and use this as a means to classify the disciplinarity of 177 engineering journal papers which reference TD within their abstract. The results show only 24% to be TD. The majority (64%) are classified as interdisciplinary. Conclusions find that to improve consistency, a clear definition and rules for differentiation between TD and ID research are required. Future work calls for: (1) comparative studies which apply different methods for assessing disciplinarity across the dataset used within this study and which use the method employed within this study across different fields. (2) Research to analyse whether TD working is being undertaken in engineering without it being referenced within the paper.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Lattanzio, Susan
Mogles, Nataliya
Carey, Emily
Date : 30 May 2020
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Grant Title : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Projects : Designing the Future: Resilient Trans-Disciplinary Design Engineers
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata Pending Awaiting version of paper published online.
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 11 Aug 2020 15:43
Last Modified : 11 Aug 2020 15:43

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