ERIC Number: ED420645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Integrated Curriculum: A Reflection of Life. PREL Briefing Paper.
This briefing paper discusses integrated curriculum, an approach to curriculum that educators believe will help students draw upon their school learning when facing everyday challenges. Integrated curriculum refers to the fusion of knowledge from different disciplines; the approach to learning and teaching from a variety of world views, strategies, and resources; and the tapping of real-life situations for problem solving and critical thinking in the classroom. There is only limited research to substantiate the success of curriculum integration, though existing models seem to confirm that it is a natural road for curriculum reform to take. Curriculum integration has mainly been accomplished by blending content knowledge from different disciplines around a common theme. Three approaches to curriculum integration include coordinated curriculum, project-based learning, and thematic curriculum. Integrated curriculum can help students in the Pacific Island region, who face issues related to cultural relevance in their education. Using integrated curriculum based on real-life tasks related to Pacific Island cultures can help them make sense out of their education. Many examples of successful curriculum in Pacific Island schools exist. Adopting integrated curriculum means preparing the faculty well, promoting teacher collaboration, developing new evaluation methods, and sharing resources. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Fused Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Pacific Americans, Pacific Islanders, Relevance (Education), Teacher Collaboration, Thematic Approach
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 500, Honolulu, HI 96813-4321.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers: Pacific Islands