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Interdisciplinarity X Transdisciplinarity

At Lumiar, we work with transdisciplinarity. Get to know how it is applied in our methodology and the differences for interdisciplinarity


A science project. With a dash of math, without forgetting the Portuguese language and the performing arts. All together. This is how Lumiar works transdisciplinarity, a concept that goes beyond integrating disciplines.


What, after all, is transdisciplinarity?

Transdisciplinarity is a step beyond interdisciplinarity. It is not a simple interaction between different areas in a project. There is a global interaction of all sciences – it is not possible to separate any matter – not even performing arts of the Portuguese language.




The implementation of this methodology is possible by our work anchored in the projects and in the work of a pair formed by master and tutor. There is no science teacher or history teacher. Matrices are all integrated within the same project that will be conducted by our educators.

In a transdisciplinary approach, the goal is much more than to teach a chemistry formula or to make the student memorize the sequence of presidents of the country. Our focus is for the student to grasp this informations while developing competencies and skills such as autonomy and critical thinking, among others. The transdisciplinarity transcends the disciplinary paradigm – the focus is on the whole, not on each of the disciplines.

The differences for interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity brings, as in transdisciplinarity, an interchange between themes. There is coordinated action and dialogue: projects can be done simultaneously across disciplines. However, the interests of each area remain. Integration in transdisciplinarity is global. This means that often even results are integrated. The interest here goes beyond the knowledge of home discipline.

Therefore: in interdisciplinarity, there can be a project of history that interacts to other one of philosophy. In transdisciplinarity, there is a unique project that can involve several themes and segments. Children absorb the knowledge of the different disciplines, but the main goal is to develop a way of thinking, acting and seeking answers.