Russell, AW and Wickson, F and Carew, AL, Transdisciplinarity: context, contradictions and capacity, Futures, 40, (5) pp. 460-472. ISSN 0016-3287 (2008) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2007 Elsevier Ltd.
Transdisciplinarity has been proposed as a response to the shifting knowledge landscape in contemporary society. It promises to bring universities and other knowledge organisations into line with new demands and opportunities. In this study, we have investigated drivers of change in the shifting landscape, and note disparate drivers that plot different courses for transdisciplinarity. We describe three drivers: ‘the knowledge economy’, ‘the environmental imperative’ and ‘the engaged populace’. We discuss their different prescriptions for transdisciplinary knowledge production and contradictions that arise from these, including tensions between consolidation and interconnection, and between knowledge commodification and mutual learning. In response, we suggest that rather than investing in knowledge ‘products’, universities should focus on developing capacity for transdisciplinarity, and for knowledge production generally.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Group:||Education Systems|
|Research Field:||Higher Education|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Other Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Field:||Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified|
|Author:||Carew, AL (Dr Anna Carew)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||58|
|Deposited By:||Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture|
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