Author Archives: Sue L. T. McGregor

8/31 – Sue McGregor

August-November 2017 / Letters to Russ

My heart is sore as I write this letter to Russ. We never met in person (with my only mental image of him for years being his e-tag cartoon). Instead, we emailed and Skyped over a period of 11 years. He first reached out to me in October 2006. He wanted to review a copy of my home economics philosophy and leadership book released that year, titled Transformative Practice. It contained a chapter on transdisciplinarity …

4/22 – Challenges of Transdisciplinary Collaboration: A Conceptual Literature Review

April-June 2017 / Feature Articles

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

The focus of this paper was transdisciplinary collaboration and what is being said in the literature about the challenges of this aspect of transdisciplinarity work. A conceptual literature review revealed four conceptual threads: (a) managing group processes, (b) reflexivity, (c) common learning process, and (d) facilitating integration and synthesis. These challenges mirror the special qualities of transdisciplinary collaboration. Individual and collective diversities deeply affect communications and collaborations during transdisciplinary work. …

6/16 – Paul Gibbs. Transdisciplinary professional learning and practice.

April - June 2015 / Book Reviews

Gibbs, P. (Ed.). (2015). Transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-11589-4; eBook ISBN 978-3-319-11590-0

Sue L. T. McGregor

Sue McGregor

Sue McGregor

Transcisciplinary professional learning and practiceThis review profiles a recent edited collection about transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. It contains invited contributions, coordinated and edited by Dr. Paul Gibbs (Middlesex University in England). Although I wrote the first chapter, titled Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation, I think I can share an objective review of the book.

This 200-page book …

6/16 – The Nicolescuian and Zurich Approaches to Transdisciplinarity

April - June 2015 / Peer Reviewed Articles

Sue L. T. McGregor PhD Professor Emerita (MSVU)

Sue McGregor

Sue McGregor

Introduction

Despite a “plurality of transdisciplinary models” (Nicolescu, 2008c, p. 13), the full range of transdisciplinarity has not yet been fully grasped and tabulated (du Plessis, Sehume, & Martin, 2013; Jahn, 2012). However, two approaches to transdisciplinary tend to prevail: (a) the Nicolescuian approach and (b) the Zurich approach (Klein, 2004, McGregor, 2014, 2015; Nicolescu, 2006, 2008c; Nowonty, 2003). People tend to cite one or the …

4/7 – Basarab Nicolescu. From modernity to cosmodernity: Science, culture, and spirituality.

April - June 2015 / Book Reviews

Basarab Nicolescu. (2014). From modernity to cosmodernity: Science, culture, and spirituality. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. ISBN 978-1-4384-4963-0 or Kindle version.

Sue L T. McGregor

From Modernity to Cosmodernity

Sue McGregor

Sue McGregor

I am very familiar with Basarab Nicolescu’s formulation of transdisciplinarity, having been a keen student of his approach for over a decade. I have a deep respect for the brilliance and the quantum nuances of his approach. And I was not disappointed; this is a profound and groundbreaking book. I …

1/15 – Integral Dispositions and Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation

January-February 2015 / Continuous Learning

Sue L. T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

The world is facing a polycrisis of complex problems – a cacophony of irreversible climate change and ecological imbalance, global pandemics, escalating terrorism, conflict and aggression, unsustainable consumerism, debilitating poverty, reoccurring political and economic crises, worrying population growth and migration, uneven wealth and income distribution, uneven and unsustainable growth and development, insecurity on many levels – the litany goes on.

These are all wicked messes, problems so named because …

4/1 – The Transdisciplinary Meme

April- June 2014 / Feature Articles

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

This article introduces the idea of creating and spreading a transdisciplinarity meme (herein called the TDMeme). After defining meme, an overview of a recent attempt to meme map climate change will be shared (Karafiath & Brewer, 2013). Then, the model emerging from this memeatic strategy will be used to introduce the idea of a TDMeme. The TDMeme would help spread the idea of bringing a transdisciplinary approach to address …

1/22 – Du Plessis, Sehume and Martin. (2013). The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research

January-February 2014 / Book Reviews

Hester Du Plessis, Jeffery Sehume and Leonard Martin. (2013). The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research. Johannesburg, South Africa: Real African Publishers.

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

Sue L.T. McGregor

TransdisciplinaryIn March 2011, the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) was launched in South Africa, www.mistra.org.za It is an independent research institute (a think tank) that takes a long-term view on the strategic challenges facing South Africa. In case you were wondering, Mapungubwe was

Feature Article: Transdisciplinary Axiology: To Be or Not to Be?

August 2011 / Feature Articles

Sue L. T. McGregor

Transdisciplinarity (TD) is fast becoming a global philosophical movement. This paper is concerned with transdisciplinary axiology, especially with the ongoing conversation aboutwhether or not this particular axiom (pillar) is needed in conjunction with the three other transdisciplinary axioms: epistemology, logic and ontology. After providing an overview of the concepts of axioms and axiology (regardless of which methodology is in question), the paper elaborates on transdisciplinary axiology as an emerging concept, addresses the …

Featured Article: Demystifying Transdisciplinary Ontology: Multiple Levels of Reality and the Hidden Third

March 2011 / Feature Articles

Sue L. T. McGregor

Sue L.T.McGregor

Acknowledgement: Sincere gratitude to Professor Basarab Nicolescu (President of International Center for Transdisciplinary Research, CIRET) for vetting a draft of this paper, and for being such a gracious and patient TD-mentor.

This paper is about transdisciplinary (TD) methodology, especially TD ontology. Methodology is a branch of knowledge that deals with the general principles or axioms of the generation of new knowledge: epistemology, ontology, logic and axiology (Ponterotto, 2005). The …