Developing transformative pedagogies for transdisciplinary education – Resources and competencies students need

Arinola Adefila, Yung-Fang Chen, Chia-Ming Chao, Muyiwa Oyinlola, Fatai Anafi

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International field trips provide opportunities for interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary learning experiences which can be transformative. Whilst these projects are becoming popular with increasing focus on internationalisation of the curriculum, tackling global challenges and encouraging student mobility, there is scant literature on the critical pedagogical approaches which support the design and delivery of transformative learning experiences. The study described herewith examined the transformative pedagogies used to facilitate learning during interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field trips and placements. Objectives of the study included (1) evaluating the impact of two projects related to student interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field trips; (2) identifying best practice of teaching and learning design; and (3) providing recommendations for future higher education (HE) arrangements. The findings show that transformative learning experiences must be carefully integrated into the design of international field trips, setting up pivotal learning moments and suitable challenges which enhance reflexivity, shared learning and problem-solving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-487
Number of pages12
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number4
Early online date7 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Adefila, A, Chen, Y-F, Chao, C-M, Oyinlola, M & Anafi, F 2023, 'Developing transformative pedagogies for transdisciplinary education – Resources and competencies students need', Innovations in Education and Teaching International, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 476-487.

It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This work was supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering [RIF Round 8, 01/08/16–31/07/17]


  • transformative pedagogies
  • internationalisation
  • experiential learning
  • cross-border mobility
  • global challenges


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