ERIC Number: ED313806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"Restructuring" Schools: Integrating the Curriculum.
Northwest Educational Service District 189, Mount Vernon, WA.
Integrating curriculum is one of the key school improvement activities being undertaken in the process of "restructuring" schools. Reviewed are materials on integrating curriculum that have been entered into the ERIC system in the 1980s, as well as documents from other instate and regional sources. The meaning of "restructuring" is defined, and curriculum revision is determined to be a major component of the restructuring process. A review of materials entered into the ERIC system reveals that curriculum integration is interpreted in three ways: (1) the integration of subareas within a single traditional subject area; (2) the integration of two (or more) related subject areas; and (3) the infusion of new curriculum into existing courses or subject areas. A few ERIC entries in the 1980s describe programs that first identified desired core competencies and then built a major part of the curriculum around them; that is, core curriculum programs. A few documents recently entered in ERIC provide specific advice about how to develop comprehensive, overall integration of curriculum as well as provide annotated lists of integrated curriculum projects and interdisciplinary projects across the nation. Documents and articles in ERIC through June 30, 1989, focus primarily on the regressive influence of current standardized testing on curriculum revision and the deleterious effect of tracking children into special education or other groupings that isolate them from mainstream curriculum and learning opportunities. (56 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Educational Service District 189, Mount Vernon, WA.