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What is Multidisciplinarity

Handbook of Research on Technoethics
Cooperation of experts from different scientific disciplines
Published in Chapter:
A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Technoethics
Marc J. de Vries (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-022-6.ch002
In this chapter it is argued that a multidisciplinary approach to technoethics is necessary to do justice to the complexity of technology. Normativity pervades all aspects of technology, including technological knowledge. As a consequence, ethical considerations should guide not only the production of artifacts, but also their design and the research that is needed to acquire knowledge about the artifact-in-design. Experts from different disciplines should cooperate to identify relevant ethical issues related to the various aspects of the reality in which the artifact will function.
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Social Network Analysis for Investigating Large Scientific Research Project
There are varying degrees of interdisciplinarity. In multidisciplinarity, researchers from two or more disciplines work together on a common problem, but without altering their disciplinary approaches or developing a common conceptual framework.
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The Application of Transdisciplinary Theory and Practice to STEM Education
An approach whereby specialists from varying disciplines address common problems by each focusing on their respective areas of expertise, resulting in a side-by-side attempt to reach a solution or product.
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