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Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Scholarly Independence in Multidisciplinary Learning Environments at Doctoral Level and Beyond
Department of Educational Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER). Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8423-1938
2020 (English)In: Minerva, ISSN 0026-4695, E-ISSN 1573-1871, Vol. 58, no 3, p. 409-433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate how patterns of collaboration and scholarly independence are related to early stage researchers’ development in two multidisciplinary learning environments at a Swedish university. Based on interviews with leaders, supervisors, doctoral students, and post docs, results show how early stage researchers’ development is conditioned by their relative positions in time (career stage) and space (geographical and epistemic position). Through the theoretical notions of ‘epistemic living space’ and ‘developmental networks’, four ways of experiencing the multidisciplinary learning environment were distinguished. Overall, the environments provided a world of opportunities, where the epistemic living space entailed many possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and development of scholarly independence among peers. However, depending on the members’ relative positions in time and space, this world became an alien world for the post docs who had been forced to become “over-independent” and find collaborators elsewhere. Moreover, it became an avoided world for absent mono-disciplinary supervisors and students who embodied “non-collective independence”, away from the environments’ community. By contrast, a joint world emerged for doctoral students located in the environment, which promoted their “independent positioning” and collaborative ambitions. Thus, early stage researchers’ collaboration and development of scholarly independence were optimised in a converged learning space, where the temporal and spatial conditions were integrated and equally conducive for learning. Based on these results, the authors provide suggestions for how to improve the integration of scholars who tend to develop away from the community because of their temporal and spatial positions. 

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Springer, 2020. Vol. 58, no 3, p. 409-433
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Collaboration, Doctoral students, Interdisciplinary, Post docs, Scholarly independence, Transdisciplinary
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-51931DOI: 10.1007/s11024-020-09397-3ISI: 000516432600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079784245Local ID: HOA;;721537OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-51931DiVA, id: diva2:1530457
Available from: 2021-02-22 Created: 2021-02-22 Last updated: 2021-02-22Bibliographically approved

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