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2.1-

A Metaphor for Transdisciplinarity

“Learning

to

bake

a cake”

ctA metaphor which I have found

useful in describing

the

d@culties activities, articulatio n

that we have in engaging

in transdisciplinary

which

really points

to the need

for

better

of the

methodological

processes that

can

be used

in developing transdisciplinarity,

is that of aJive years old boy

who

says to

his mother,

His

mother

gives him

‘I want to bake

a cake ‘.

the ingredients

~ butter,

milk,

flour,

eggs, sugar, flavouring,

raisins - and he simply

throws these

into a bowl and stirs The result will be a even a pancake.

them with a wooden spoon. lumpy mess, not a cake and

probably not

The boys combined Moreover,

mother knows how these ingredients must be in order to achieve the necessary blending of them.

she

knows

that,

depending

on

how

she

treats

these

ingredients - both before they are

cake and

the

way in which

they

obtain a

very

dyerent

kind

of

put into the mixture for are introduced - she cake. For instance, if

the will she

separates the eggs whites from whites and lightly folds them in

the yolks and beats the egg the last moment, she will have

a sponge cake, as compared with, if dense tea cake. In both cases, she these are of very d@erent natures.

she uses ends up

the eggs whole, a with a cake, but

depending

on

how

in the

context

of

Prof. Margaret A. Somerville

transdisciplinarity

(. .) M.

may occur disciplines

Analogous we treat

variations

and

“mix ”

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