October 7, 2015
Bernardo Rondelli
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Transdisciplinary research projects: a matter of evaluation or education?

During a review of a series of research project proposals, I quite frequently came across the phrase: ‘…and the project proposes a truly transdisciplinary approach’.  The word ‘truly’ caught my attention and prompted me to raise a discussion about what a transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach means in research. In the common view, multidisciplinarity draws on knowledge from different disciplines but stays within their boundaries. Interdisciplinarity analyses, synthesises and harmonises links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole. Transdisciplinarity transcends their ...
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October 23, 2013
José Luis Mateos
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Tear up your Textbooks! (critically)

Before getting down to business, I feel I should apologise for the scope of this post. Below, I will deal wth the problems and challenges of a textbook-based education. I am doing this through the lens of a European student that can afford to reject the use of textbooks in class, as I have access to amazing alternatives in libraries, journals and the Internet. However, I am afraid that my situation does not apply to communities that can hardly afford a ...
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