The application of transdisciplinary theory and practice to STEM education

Susan Malone Back, Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer, Kellilynn M. Frias

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The authors describe the application of transdisciplinary theory and practice to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at the undergraduate level. The modular approach which makes use of student collaboration within and across disciplines and input from outside experts holds promise for preparing students to address society's "wicked" problems-those with interconnected causes and for which a solution often causes additional problems. Transdisciplinary theory and practice are described and their application to STEM education is proposed along with a model of measuring transdisciplinary skills. Recommendations are proposed for future research on cross-cultural/cross disciplinary models, pedagogy, measuring student collaboration, determining effective partnership models and institutional supports, and the potential role of the social sciences in contributing to research on transdisciplinary practice and education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Development
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781466694422
ISBN (Print)1466694416, 9781466694439
StatePublished - Oct 19 2015


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