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Transdisciplinary Unit Plan

Page history last edited by Kathleen Chenowith 7 years ago

What's the difference?

From Ann Prizzi

  • Interdisciplinary: The process of combining two or more disciplines, fields of study or professions., but is also attempting to synthesis them into something new.
  • Cross-disciplinary: Coordinated effort involving two or more academic disciplines. Finding a middle ground of sorts?
  • Multidisciplinary: Relating to, or making use of several disciplines at once.  This acknowledges that there are differences between disciplines in “how the work is done”, but doesn’t have a way to bridge these differences. How do you know which discipline is more important at any one time?
  • Transdisciplinary (or postdisciplinary): approaches that transcend boundaries of contentional approaches this attempts to get around the issue of methods of thinking completely by working from the problem space out. The disciplines may be related through a central theme, issue, problem, process, topic, or experience.


From Michelle Dressel 



Transdisciplinary Example "Kinetic Conundrum" from 

King Middle School in Portland, Maine.


Transdisciplinary Unit Planning Resources 

Transidisciplinary Framework from BCPS office of Instructional Technology and Sample Framework designed by Kathy Chenowith 
Unit Planning Matrix from BCPS office of Instructional Technologyand Sample Matrix designed by Kathy Chenowith 
Transdisciplinary Planning guide from Ann Prizzi
Middle School, Transdisciplinary Project from Facing the Future, Water, Science, Civics



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