Conclusions and New Beginnings: What We Have Learned about the Rules, Rituals, and Realities of Interdisciplinary Research

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)


Throughout this book we have attempted to describe the theory, the process, and the relevance of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological framework to the growing body of research on interdisciplinary research1 on young children from the medical, health, and social sciences. While not conducted from a reconceptualist perspective, which is the major theoretical orientation of the Critical Cultural Studies in Early Childhood series in which this book appears, we see many areas of consistency between the reconceptualist perspective and the interdisciplinary perspective that guided the CHILD Project. This book contributes to the stated intention of this series to “open up new spaces for dialogue and reconceptualization” (Palgrave Press Brochure, 2010). In this chapter we discuss why this book will open an intellectual space where the reconceptualist and the interdisciplinary perspectives can inform and complement one another.


Child Care Interdisciplinary Research Cultural Competence Community Partner Early Child Development 
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© Hillel Goelman, Jayne Pivik, and Martin Guhn 2011

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