Transdisciplinary educational performance evaluation through survey

Atila Ertas, Thomas Kollman, Emrah Gumus

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce the need for transdisciplinary graduate education in institutions of higher education and share the survey analysis and results with the readers. The survey was divided into four groups: research scientists, academics (faculty), industry/business persons, and graduate students. With over 134 responses, the data provided an abundance of useful information on transdisciplinary educational activities. A few items were clear in reporting the results of this survey. For example, 'Bringing together graduate students and faculty as well as researchers from diverse disciplines interested in transformative educational agendas for graduate studies through integrative transdisciplinary courses, lectures, and seminars' showed a very strong relationship to all the education objectives except the second one, namely 'To educate students broadly and prepare them for an increasingly transdisciplinary, collaborative, and global job market.' The analyses of the results suggest that individual group decisions are reasonably consistent with the entire group decision. Finally, it is concluded that the main factor, namely 'Enhancing a transdisciplinary dialogue between disciplinary courses,' is almost an exact match with all the groups' rankings and relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1094-1106
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2011


  • International perspective
  • Transdisciplinary education


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