Post-Disciplinarity: Brazilian Universities’ Ethos in the Society of Knowledge

By Martha Abrahão Saad Lucchesi and Eliana Branco Malanga.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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It is up to the university to point at ways to understand the need of change, thus contributing to the production and transmission of knowledge for the economic, social and cultural development of society. Based on Morin, Foucault, Freire and others, as well as research on two universities, a public and a private one, this study analyses the mission and episteme, the ethos of the university within the context of the society of knowledges and globalization. It shows the contribution of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity toward higher education renewal, which we call post-disciplinarity, at the beginning of this century. At this historical moment, permeated by the theories of contemporaneity, the university must be invested with a new paradigm: inter and transdisciplinary research of both local and global character and themes to serve the community to which it belongs, thus seeking the totality of knowledge. This analysis highlights the fact that public and confessional universities are more open to change and innovation, with a strong tradition regarding institutional research. Private universities are seeking ways to develop research activities. Anyhow, without research the university does not reach its ethos of knowledge producer.

Keywords: Higher Education, New Paradigm, Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.185-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.267MB).

Dr. Martha Abrahão Saad Lucchesi

Researcher, Research Unit on Higher Education, Unit Public Policies, University of Sâo Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Ph.D and Master in Education from the Catholic University of São Paulo and also a lawyer. Researcher at the University’s Research Unit on Higher Education, Unit Public Policies, University of São Paulo,Brazil. She is author of three books about Educational Policies and Higher Education, Inter and Transdisciplinarity Research,the most important is “The University on the Onset of the Third Millenium: Challenges and Tendencies” and many papers published in Latin America and all over the world.

Dr. Eliana Branco Malanga

Coordinator,Researchr and professor, Sao Paulo College of Arts , UNIFESP, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

PhD in Classic Languages from the University of São Paulo, doctor in Science of the Communication from the School of Sociology and Politics of São Paulo, Master in Social Communication from the College “Cásper Líbero”, Coordinator of the Graduate Program at the Sao Paulo College of Arts and professor at Federal University of São Paulo,Brazil. She is author of three books about Theology,Comunication and Inter and Transdisciplinarity Research,the most important “The Hebrew Bible as open workmanship: a interdisciplinarary proposal for a Biblical Semiology”, and many papers published in Latin America and some all over the world.

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