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Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary collaboration: implications for vocational psychology

  • Audrey Collin
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Abstract

The literature on interdisciplinarity identifies several forms of collaboration: multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary (as bridge building or integration). To assist vocational psychology translate its interdisciplinary discourse into action, this paper uses that literature to identify the benefits, challenges and conditions for success. It indicates that the form of collaboration needed must be decided, and the cognitive, social, organizational and institutional aspects of the collaborating disciplines considered. It highlights the significance of interpersonal relationships when establishing and maintaining collaboration.

Keywords

Interdisciplinarity Vocational psychology Definitions 

Résumé.

Collaboration multidisciplinaire, interdisciplinaire et transdisciplinaire: implications pour la psychologie vocationnelle.

La littérature sur l’interdisciplinarité identifie plusieurs formes de collaboration: multidisciplinaire, transdisciplinaire et interdisciplinaire (comme discipline-pont ou intégrative). Pour aider la psychologie vocationnelle à transposer son discours interdisciplinaire dans l’action, cet article utilise cette littérature pour identifier les avantages qu’elle peut en attendre, les défis qui l’attendent et les conditions d’un transfert réussi. Il indique qu’il faut décider de la forme de collaboration requise et considérer les aspects cognitifs, sociaux, organisationnels et institutionnels des disciplines concernées par la collaboration. Il met en évidence la signification des rapports interpersonnels quand on établit et maintient une collaboration.

Zusammenfassung.

Multidisziplinäre, interdisziplinäre und transdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit: Auswirkungen für die Berufspsychologie. Die Literatur zur Interdisziplinarität unterscheidet mehrere Formen der Zusammenarbeit: Multidisziplinär, transdisziplinär und interdisziplinär (im Sinne von Brücken bauend oder integrierend). Um die Berufspsychologie darin zu unterstützen, den interdisziplinären Diskurs zu konkretem Handeln weiterzuentwickeln, verwendet dieser Artikel diese Literatur, um die Vorteile, die Herausforderungen und die Voraussetzungen für einen Erfolg zu identifizieren. Es wird darauf hingewiesen, dass die Form der erforderlichen Zusammenarbeit festgelegt werden muss, und dass die kognitiven, sozialen, organisatorischen und institutionellen Aspekte der zusammenarbeitenden Disziplinen bedacht werden müssen. Es wird die Bedeutung interpersoneller Beziehungen für die Einleitung und Durchführung jeder Zusammenarbeit herausgestellt.

Resumen.

Colaboración multidisciplinar, interdisciplinar y transdisciplinar: Implicaciones para la Psicología Vocacional. En la literatura sobre la interdisciplinariedad se identifican varias formas de colaboración: multidisciplinar, trandisciplinar e interdisciplinar (en el sentido de integración o creación de puentes). Para ayudar a la Psicología Vocacional a traducir su discurso interdisciplinar a la acción, en este artículo se utiliza esa literatura para señalar los beneficios, retos y condiciones para el éxito. Se indica que debe decidirse la forma de colaboración y considerarse los aspectos cognitivos, sociales, organizativos e institucionales de las disciplinas colaboradoras. Se destaca la importancia de las relaciones interpersonales a la hora de establecer y mantener la colaboración.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicester,UK

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