Stepping in and Stepping out: Enabling Creative Third Spaces Through Transdisciplinary Partnerships

Giedre Kligyte, Alex Baumber, M. van der Bijl-Brouwer, Cameron Dowd, Nick Hazell, Bem le Hunte, Marcus Newtown, Dominica Roebuck, Susanne Pratt

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This article explores how transformative higher education approaches can be fostered through an integration of the concepts of third space, Students as Partners (SaP), and
transdisciplinarity in practical contexts. We describe a collaborative enquiry that engaged staff and students in a reflexive dialogue centred on the concepts of mutual
learning, liminality, emergence, and creativity as enacted in the curriculum of a transdisciplinary undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and
Innovation (BCII) at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. The key insights that emerged through this enquiry were: third spaces in curriculum can be enabled
but not constructed, all parties need to embrace uncertainty and a mutual learning mindset, and that “stepping in and out” of such fluid liminal spaces can stimulate
creativity. Based on our experience and exploration, we offer some practical recommendations to those seeking to create similar enabling conditions for third spaces in their own undergraduate programs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalInternational journal for students as partners
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • liminality
  • creativity
  • Transdisciplinary
  • third space
  • students as partners


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