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Durall, E., Carter, C., & Burns, K. (2022) Transdisciplinary education and innovation through STEAM. In D. Rajanen, M. Rajanen, N. Iivari, L. Kuure, T. Keisanen, M. Kinnula, T. Molin-Juustila, & R. Tumelius (Eds.), Proceedings of the Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design (TRaD 2022). INTERACT, 6, 26-33.

Transdisciplinary education and innovation through STEAM

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Author: Durall, Eva1; Carter, Claudia2; Burns, Kathryn3
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
2School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, U.K.
3School of Fashion and Textiles, Birmingham City University, U.K.
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Oulun yliopisto, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-28


While the concept of transdisciplinarity has been widely discussed in research, there are still challenges for its translation into practice. In this paper we elaborate on the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) as a nexus for transdisciplinary practices in research, teaching and project design. We introduce the STEAM Innovation and Curriculum project and analyse a set of cases identifying different approaches to transdisciplinary practice in higher education (HE) which include framing, inspiring, exploring, challenge addressing and innovating. Each of the approaches is connected to a set of strategies together with some examples. We reflect on the commonalities between the different STEAM approaches since they can offer opportunities for facilitating effective transdisciplinary practices in research and HE leading to innovation.

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Series: Interact
ISSN: 2490-130X
ISSN-L: 2490-130X
ISBN: 978-952-62-337-1
Issue: 6
Pages: 26 - 33
Host publication: Proceedings of the Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design (TRaD 2022) : 14th February 2022, University of Oulu (online)
Host publication editor: Rajanen, Dorina
Rajanen, Mikko
Iivari, Netta
Kuure, Leena
Keisanen, Tiina
Kinnula, Marianne
Molin-Juustila, Tonja
Tumelius, Riikka
Conference: Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 Copyright for this paper by its authors. Use permitted under Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).