This week I held a webinar as part of my work with the Literacy in the Disciplines, 6-12 (LiD) group.
The session focused on Traversing, Transforming, Transcending, and Transgressing wicked problems in the classroom.
Many critical societal problems are neither simple nor easily solved; they are wicked problems (Zellner & Campbell, 2015). A wicked problem is a social or cultural challenge that involves many social systems and groups, has unpredictable outcomes, and defies typical problem-solving techniques (Rittel & Webber, 1973). To address real-world, wicked problems, a transdisciplinary lens is needed to support educators and students as they engage with content in ways that extend beyond traditional academic boundaries (Alford & Head, 2017). Students experience deeper learning and start thinking outside the box when their teachers collaborate to present different aspects of the same subject across various disciplines. (Mauser et al., 2013). A transdisciplinary lens allows one to construct meaning in more authentic contexts where disciplines intersect, combine, and work together (Rice, 2013). This session will define transdisciplinarity and provide teachers with techniques to expand critical literacy opportunities in their classrooms.
When: This webinar was held on Tuesday, December 28th, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET.
The slide deck for the presentation is embedded below.
The video recording of this session is available below.