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Big Ideas Lecture Series: Interdisciplinarity in Health Professions Education Research
October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Mathieu Albert
Topic: Interdisciplinarity in Health Professions Education Research: Myth and Reality
Research in health professions education is the foundation of excellence in education design and delivery. It is generally presumed that health professions education research draws on the insights, methods and knowledge from multiple disciplines and research domains (e.g., sociology, anthropology, education, the humanities and psychology) to foster excellence. Despite the importance placed on interdisciplinarity, there are few attempts to unpack the definition or examine the basis for this key assumption. In this talk, Dr. Mathieu Albert will present bibliometric data that sheds new (and unexpected) light on our long held assumption that medical education research is an interdisciplinary field.
Dr. Mathieu Albert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network. He obtained his Ph.D. (1999) in the sociology of science at Université de Montréal. His current work primarily focuses on interdisciplinary research in health. Dr. Albert has published in a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals in social science and in medicine, including articles on cultural boundaries between scientific communities, science policy-making, academic assessment criteria, and funding agencies. He co-edited a book with Dr. Scott Frickel (Brown University) and Dr. Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna) on interdisciplinarity in 2017 (Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Theory and Practice across Disciplines. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press). He received the Best Paper Award in 2011 from the Sociology of Knowledge and Technology section of the American Sociological Association and the Sheffield Prize for best paper in 2001 from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.