Making it Real: Exploring Transdisciplinary Curriculum at Dubai Women’s College

  • Mary Gene Saudelli


Globalization has had a profound impact on educational systems across the globe; global migration means our world is increasingly interconnected, new information is accessible with the tap of a finger, and learning that is transferrable from school to the real world context is increasingly important. But, how do educators make decisions regarding the kind of learning that best suits the needs of learners. 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, curriculum project documents, 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.
How to Cite
SAUDELLI, Mary Gene. Making it Real: Exploring Transdisciplinary Curriculum at Dubai Womens College. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 37, june 2014. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2021.