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From Transdisciplinary Research to Transdisciplinary Education—The Role of Schools in Contributing to Community Well-Being and Sustainable Development

Education and Communication for Sustainable Development, Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 306; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010306
Received: 27 November 2020 / Revised: 17 December 2020 / Accepted: 28 December 2020 / Published: 31 December 2020
This article looks at transdisciplinary research and discusses the possibilities of translating this concept into a new type of education, which we will call Transdisciplinary Education. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the community of states, there has been increased international recognition of education as being a key driver for sustainable development. Considering the global grand challenges of the 21st century, the integration of Education for Sustainable Development at all school levels ought to be prioritized in order to empower young people to contribute to sustainable development. Collaborating with out-of-school partners and doing research on real-world problems within their lifeworld, help students develop the competences necessary for responsible citizenship, while at the same time contributing to community well-being. Both concepts transdisciplinary research and Transdisciplinary Education acknowledge the responsibility of addressing social relevant problems and the significant role of those who are and who will be affected by these challenges. The project Science Education for Action and Engagement Towards Sustainability (SEAS) aims at analyzing different partnerships between schools and out-of-school institutions in European countries. By comparing the collaborative formats and providing a concept and method pool for educators, SEAS targets facilitating the integration of Transdisciplinary Education in formal schooling in the future. This article gives insights into the Austrian research-education collaboration k.i.d.Z.21. Drawing on experiences of k.i.d.Z.21 and taking up characteristics of transdisciplinary research, opportunities and challenges of integrating Transdisciplinary Education in formal schooling are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: transdisciplinary education; involvement of young people; (education for) sustainable development; community well-being; empowerment transdisciplinary education; involvement of young people; (education for) sustainable development; community well-being; empowerment
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Kubisch, S.; Parth, S.; Deisenrieder, V.; Oberauer, K.; Stötter, J.; Keller, L. From Transdisciplinary Research to Transdisciplinary Education—The Role of Schools in Contributing to Community Well-Being and Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2021, 13, 306. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010306

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Kubisch S, Parth S, Deisenrieder V, Oberauer K, Stötter J, Keller L. From Transdisciplinary Research to Transdisciplinary Education—The Role of Schools in Contributing to Community Well-Being and Sustainable Development. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):306. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010306

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Kubisch, Susanne, Sandra Parth, Veronika Deisenrieder, Karin Oberauer, Johann Stötter, and Lars Keller. 2021. "From Transdisciplinary Research to Transdisciplinary Education—The Role of Schools in Contributing to Community Well-Being and Sustainable Development" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 306. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010306

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