Researching Across Boundaries in the Social Sciences
Hay, I, Researching Across Boundaries in the Social Sciences, Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Publishers, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 3-13. ISBN 978-1-62618-651-4 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]
This chapter explores the concept that social science researchers need to research across traditional boundaries to better respond to the complexity of human behaviour and the pluralism that is a common characteristic of society. The topic is investigated using examples from the authorís own research related to the formation of adolescentsí self-identity and his research on childrenís early reading development. Within the chapter it is argued that researchers need to be responsive to opportunities and that boundaries to their research are often more imaginary than real. Research is premised on the need to problem solve and thus it needs to transition and blend together at least three related elements that are often perceived as three different elements: the technical, the creative, and the communicative elements. Cross boundary research identifies that knowledge and wisdom cannot be siloed in one location, procedure or discipline but rather it is acquired over time using a variety of sources, resources, and influences.
Revised Book Chapter
quantitative, qualitative, research, diversity, pluralism, social media, interconnected self-concept, early reading, multidimensional, knowledge