Making it Real: Exploring Transdisciplinary Curriculum

  • Mary Gene Saudelli University of Calgary Qatar


This paper describes a case study of the design and implementation of a transdisciplinary curriculum design (Drake, 2007) at Dubai Womens College through the lens of transformative learning theory (Mezirow, 2000). Data were collected during the 2008-2009 academic year from 19 participant educators and supervisors and consisted of three interviews and textual data in the form of: lesson plans, syllabi, assessments, strategic plans, and field notes. The following themes are discussed and related to transformative learning theory in context: (a) aspects of life and change for Emirati female students, (b) the transdisciplinary curriculum company visit, (b) the transdisciplinary curriculum bazaar, (c) the transdisciplinary curriculum current issues forum, (d) Emirati identity and empowerment, and (e) Emiratization the overriding goal. Findings reveal the nature of transformative learning in this Arab context during a period of globalization and change.

Author Biography

Mary Gene Saudelli, University of Calgary Qatar
Mary Gene Saudelli is Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre of Teaching and Learning at University of Calgary Qatar. Her research interests are: interdisciplinary studies, 21st century epistemology, and multiliteracies.


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How to Cite
SAUDELLI, Mary Gene. Making it Real: Exploring Transdisciplinary Curriculum. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, oct. 2014. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2021.


transdisciplinary curriculum, globalization, change, international higher education, transformative learning theory