A tool to uncover implicit assumptions and shared understandings of research and practice disciplines and to oppose them to the thought styles of other disciplines.
|What is the toolbox dialogue approach?||The toolbox dialogue approach consists of a set of questions and statements (i.e., the “toolbox”) that are used to trigger dialogue in a workshop format. It helps researchers become aware of their own (disciplinary) thought style and the (disciplinary) thought style of their collaborators.|
|Why should it be applied?||Often, researchers of various backgrounds start from the assumption that they all share the same research and practice thought style. In fact, disciplines differ in what they consider a scientific method, a correct research design or a reliable source of evidence. The toolbox dialogue approach reveals these underlying assumptions by asking simple (philosophical) questions such as ‘What kinds of data constitute scientific evidence?’. Revealing the underlying assumptions and making them explicit enables deep mutual understanding and deliberation on what shared standards could be.|
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The open questions can be found on p. 61 of
Eigenbrode S D et al 2007. Employing philosophical dialogue in collaborative science. Bioscience, V57, N1, pp 55-64.
Hubbs, G., O'Rourke, M., Orzack, S. H. (Eds.). (2021). The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative: The Power of Cross-Disciplinary Practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.