Each component in the life of this research has been carefully considered so that the learnings of the previous stage become the basis of the next. In this way, over the course of 3 years the researchers below have been able to filter and distill the information, literature, scholarship, and experience so as to enrich the project’s findings. Here we identify each of the 6 stages of the work, as well as links to their analyses and expositions.
1. Individual/team research & interviews
2. Online workshop
This intensive study workshop took place online, April 21-22 2021, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. It brought together teachers and practitioners from various disciplines to share experiences, methodologies, and practices. A full list of contributors as well as comprehensive videos of the event are available on this site.
The event also included an interactive participant workshop using Mural software. Here, participants worked with keywords extracted in the first series of interviews to discuss each keyword and generate a new iteration of thematically clustered texts. You can view and navigate the Mural board below.
The keywords gleaned from presentations, discussions, and interactive workshop again steered the research for the group and went on to populate the second intensive study workshop held in Dublin in May 2022.
3. Dublin workshop
4. Rotterdam garden workshop
Following the event in Dublin, the core research group met for an in-depth, week-long workshop in Rotterdam in July 2022. Again building from previous events as well as the wealth of understanding now acquired from the years of research, interviews, conferences etc. through the life of the project, the team set about organising content for this site. Through many hours of mapping and discussion, the Tuning Words were chosen. These keywords have filtered through all of the layers of the work, and have emerged as the crucial set of considerations when embarking on transdisciplinary teaching. Faced with the impossibility of a one-size-fits-all model 1 we believe these words, used in conjunction with the many additional resources on this site, will act as excellent seeds from which future frameworks can develop.
5. Repository, form, and mattering
This website and its design are not simply a platform for research dissemination; it has been a vital means of conducting research. As interviews, workshops, documentation of events and definitions were uploaded, they were keyworded to understand the densities of terminology and reference that are inherent to transdisciplinary teaching and learning.
Adding keywords was not just about establishing an ordering system but understanding overlaps and the interconnection of vocabularies. As Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star point out in their book, Sorting Things Out: “A “classification system” is a set of boxes (metaphorical or literal) into which things can be put to then do some kind of work—bureaucratic or knowledge production.” 2 In this respect, we have worked from the perspective that form is not neutral nor simply a glossy veneer to convey content. We operated from the firm understanding that form profoundly informs.
6. Peer Exchange & Feedback, Multiplier Event, Rotterdam
- For instance: in the many different ways staff can (and cannot) avail of institutional support structures, in varying funding models, differing levels of expertise available across campuses, the level (and indeed understanding) of the depth of transdisciplinarity that is desired and achievable, myriad assessment models, and many other variables that cannot be captured in a single document.
- Bowker, Geoffrey C.,Star, Susan Leigh. Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences (Inside Technology) (p. 10). The MIT Press.