Transdisciplinarity, Autopoiesis, and Dialogue: An Educational Project

By Chris Francovich.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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Developing strategies, methods, and criteria for changing educational practices requires a methodological and “scientific” warrant. This article explores transdisciplinarity as a methodological basis for working with paradox and contradictions as the inevitable result of reflective human consciousness. Transdisciplinary thinking is discussed as a conscious and concerted effort to conduct scientific inquiry and to develop social theory and educational practice in generative, socially just, and environmentally responsible ways. Autopoiesis is offered as a coherent scientific bridge mediating transdisciplinary insights into the mitigation of paradox and the development of subject/object consciousness in human beings. Bohmian dialogue is then suggested as a method and needed aspect of educational pedagogy through which the goals of a transdisciplinary methodology can be met.

Keywords: Transdisciplinary, Autopoiesis, Dialogue

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 373.322KB).

Chris Francovich

Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA