ERIC Number: ED186891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
The Curricular Concepts of Integration and Meaningfulness in Reading and Language Arts Instruction. Research Series No. 49.
Schmidt, William; And Others
Selection of language arts instructional content can be guided by the concepts of integration (the entwining of language arts content with other subject matter) and meaningfulness. Among the considerations pertinent to the curricular concepts of integration and meaningfulness are the question of whether something is acceptable content and the need to distinguish between classroom efficiency and effectiveness. The integration of language arts content with that of other subject matter areas has the potential to enhance both efficiency and effectiveness. Specific story content for reading lessons may be chosen in the light of instructional goals for other subjects, such as science, social studies, or art. To be meaningful, assigned tasks should be understandable to students and should be perceived by them as worthwhile. By making meaningful curricular choices through an informed matching of student and task, teachers will be building student motivation to learn. (GT)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Language Arts, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Relevance (Education), Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Teacher Role
The Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($1.75)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.