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Transdisciplinarity: Accepting Responsibility for Letting Arts and Science Teach Together

Thu, April 8, 1:00 to 2:00pm EDT (1:00 to 2:00pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Arts and Learning Roundtable Sessions


The arts excite, inspire and deepen our understanding of who we are and how we make sense of the world. ‘STEAM education’, with its addition of ‘arts’ to STEM subjects, is a construct, developed outside formal curricula, yielding the promise of pedagogical innovation, yet it remains a highly contested concept. For many teachers STEAM spells out controversial, undesirable subject hierarchies contributing to the crisis in contemporary arts education. This paper provides the case and evidence for repositioning STEAM-based education where arts and sciences are not separate or even separable endeavours, but rather combine as transdisciplinary configurations. This paper draws upon the efforts of artists and scientists to make a case with evidence for accepting responsibility for posthumanist transdisciplinary educational reform.