Interdisciplinarity in education research: The graduate student perspective

Laurel Haycock

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Citation analysis of dissertations was used to explore the interdisciplinary nature of education graduate students' research. A sample of curriculum and instruction dissertations, and their bibliographies we studied using citation analysis methods and analysis of Digital Dissertation records. Research methodologies were also explored. Rather than crossing broad disciplinary boundaries, interdisciplinary work for these students occurred at the level of specific fields of study within curriculum and instruction, and at times education subdisciplines. Questions are raised about the nature of interdisciplinarity in graduate student work. As faculty research and academic structures continues to evolve, graduate student work also may change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral and Social Sciences Librarian
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 8 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
3. Mellon Grant at the University of Minnesota Libraries, “A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Academic Support: Project Documents,” University of Minnesota, (accessed December 14, 2005).


  • Citation analysis
  • Dissertations
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary research


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