ERIC Number: ED373903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-20
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development.
Grady, Joan B.
Interdisciplinary curriculum is a methodology that can help students gain the necessary content knowledge to support the following basic skills: (1) using language well and thoughtfully; (2) thinking through a problem and experimenting with solutions; (3) understanding scientific and technological ideas and using tools; (4) using imagination; (5) understanding how people function in groups; and (6) learning how to learn independently. This paper discusses the interdisciplinary approach. It lists attributes of interdisciplinary work, traits of ideal interdisciplinary teachers, elements necessary for implementation, and personal issues teachers often have to deal with when involved in an interdisciplinary program. The paper includes a comparison of meta- or multidisciplinary approach, interdisciplinary approach, and the transdisciplinary approach. Components of the McREL Interdisciplinary Chunk Model discussed are: (1) theme; (2) focus; (3) lifelong learning standards; (4) content standards; (5) the learning experience; and (6) assessment. Tips for creating an interdisciplinary curriculum are also included. Contains 12 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Performance Based Assessment, Problem Solving, Program Content, Student Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach, Thinking Skills
Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory Resource Center, 2550 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014 (free).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.
Identifiers: Multidisciplinary Education; Transdisciplinary Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference and Exhibit (49th, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 1994).