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Concepts of knowledge and knowledge creation among students and teachers in transdisciplinary education

Författare och institution:
Marie Grice (Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession)
Publicerad i:
NERA Conference 2013 6th March-9th March University of Iceland, School of Education, s. 130
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Abstract – Paper proposal 1. Title: Concepts of knowledge and knowledge creation among students and teachers in transdisciplinary education. 2. Author: Marie Grice, doctorate student, Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg. 3. Research topic/aim: An inquiry into the idea of knowledge and transdisciplinarity. Explore how a transdisciplinary approach to a complex issue such as sustainability could affect students’ personal epistemologies. 4. Theoretical and methodology framework: In our rapidly changing world it is reasonable to expect that the most fundamental concept of all, that of knowledge, will also undergo a change. The two concepts of knowledge and transdisciplinarity are closely interrelated in society, not least in curricular design. Therefore it becomes valuable to define knowledge in our time and see transdisciplinarity as a method to create new knowledge. Framed by the epistemologies of knowledge and transdisciplinarity, national curricula, school reform documentation and OECD educational policies will be analyzed. Moreover, individual, semi-structured interviews could potentially be conducted with students and teachers with the experience of interdisciplinary projects. A focus group, made up of teachers of various disciplines, could subsequently give response to the results of those interviews. 5. (Expected) conclusions/findings: Identifying various concepts of knowledge in school curricula and among students and teachers. By juxtaposing varying visions of knowledge and exploring transdisciplinarity both as a concept and a method, I hope to present potentially new knowledge as it establishes itself in curricula, in theory and in practice. 6. Relevance to Nordic Education Research: Sweden implemented a new school reform last year with the aim to raise standards of knowledge. Consequently, new national tests in social science are introduced and oral tests of mathematics are being construed. With a broadened understanding of knowledge and the potentials of transdisciplinarity, the implementation of the school reform could be further improved. The results of this study might also have an immediate impact on grading. 7.Attachment to NERA-network and/or symposium: The Curriculum Research Network might find the present attempt fruitful: to use transdisciplinarity as a method to enact the curriculum as intended, combined with an exposé of knowledge in our time.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Utbildningsvetenskap ->
Didaktik ->
Subject didactics
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Posten skapad:
2013-04-02 14:30
Posten ändrad:
2013-04-03 13:40

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