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The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative The Power of Cross-Disciplinary Practice

    274 Pages 4 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    274 Pages 4 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    274 Pages 4 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Cross-disciplinary scientific collaboration is emerging as standard operating procedure for many scholarly research enterprises. And yet, the skill set needed for effective collaboration is neither taught nor mentored. The goal of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative is to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration. This book, inspired by this initiative, presents dialogue-based methods designed to increase mutual understanding among collaborators so as to enhance the quality and productivity of cross-disciplinary collaboration. It provides a theoretical context, principal activities, and evidence for effectiveness that will assist readers in honing their collaborative skills.

    Key Features

    • Introduces the Toolbox Dialogue method for improving cross-disciplinary collaboration
    • Reviews the theoretical background of cross-disciplinary collaboration and considers the communication and integration challenges associated with such collaboration
    • Presents methods employed in workshop development and implementation
    • Uses various means to examine the effectiveness of team-building exercises

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    Chapter 1. Communication Failure and Cross-Disciplinary Research - Stephen Crowley and Michael O’Rourke

    Chapter 2. How It Works: The Toolbox Dialogue Method in Practice - Michael O’Rourke and Stephen Crowley

    Chapter 3. A Narrative History of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative - Graham Hubbs

    Chapter 4. The Landscape of Challenges for Cross-Disciplinary Activity - Shannon Donovan

    Chapter 5. Communication and Integration in Cross-Disciplinary Activity - Michael O’Rourke and Brian Robinson

    Chapter 6. The Power of Philosophy - Chad Gonnerman, Graham Hubbs, Bethany K. Laursen, and Anna Malavisi

    Chapter 7. The Power of Dialogue - Michael O’Rourke, Troy E. Hall, and Bethany K. Laursen

    Chapter 8. Best Practices for Planning and Running a Toolbox Workshop - Marisa A. Rinkus and Stephanie E. Vasko

    Chapter 9. Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Science through Philosophical Dialogue: Evidence of Improved Group Metacognition for Effective Collaboration - Brian Robinson and Chad Gonnerman

    Chapter 10. Qualitative Analyses of the Effectiveness of Toolbox Dialogues - Marisa A. Rinkus and Michael O’Rourke

    Chapter 11. Future Directions for the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative - Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Stephanie E. Vasko, Anna Malavisi, Bethany K. Laursen, and Michael O’Rourke

    Chapter 12. Toolbox Workshop Case Studies - Graham Hubbs, Michael O’Rourke, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Marisa A. Rinkus, and Anna Malavisi

    Appendix A. Scientific Research Toolbox Instrument

    Appendix B. Examples of Toolbox Dialogue


    Dr. Graham Hubbs is Chair of the Department of Politics and Philosophy at the University of Idaho. He studies the structure of practical rationality and the nature of democratic institutions. He has worked as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universitá di Genova, a Visiting Scholar at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities.

    Dr. Michael O’Rourke is a Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and a faculty member in AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. He studies epistemology, communication, and epistemic integration in cross-disciplinary research. Dr. O’Rourke is Director of the TDI.  

    Dr. Steven Hecht Orzack is a Senior Research Scientist at the Fresh Pond Research Institute. He studies ecology and evolution, the history and philosophy of biology, and engages in practical efforts to improve collaborative science.