Living Transdisciplinary Curriculum: Teachers’ Experiences with the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme


Michael J. SAVAGE , Susan M. DRAKE


Abstract

An integrated curriculum that is transdisciplinary in nature seems to be a good fit for 21st Century learning. There are, however, few examples of transdisciplinary curriculum at the K to 12 level. One exception is the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) which features transdisciplinary curriculum for students from ages 3 to 12 around the world. This phenomenological study explored the lived experience of 24 PYP educators to deepen understanding of what such a curriculum looks like in practice. Three main themes were identified. The first, “It’s a framework” outlines participants’ understandings of transdisciplinary teaching and learning and the freedom a transdisciplinary framework can bring. The second theme, “Get on board”, examines participants’ thoughts around what is required to successfully implement a transdisciplinary curriculum. The final theme, “Their learning journey”, discusses participants’ beliefs around the success of a transdisciplinary curriculum. In general, participants appreciated the transdisciplinarity of the program. Concerns revolved around implementation issues. Suggestions on how to implement transdisciplinary teaching and learning in other contexts are provided.


Keywords

Transdisciplinary, integrated curriculum, interdisciplinary curriculum, International Baccalaureate (IB), elementary.

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Elementary Education
Pages 1 - 20
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 1
Date of acceptance 29 October 2016
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Author(s) Details

Michael J. SAVAGE

Brock University, Canada


Susan M. DRAKE

Brock University, Canada


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