ERIC Number: ED337388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Is Curriculum Integration a Boon or a Threat to Social Studies? Research Series No. 204.
Alleman, Janet; Brophy, Jere
Educators tend to view curriculum integration as an obviously good idea and thus adopt an attitude of "the more integration, the better." However, the analysis of elementary social studies presented in this report indicates that many of the activities suggested in the name of integration either: (1) lack educational value in any subject or (2) promote progress toward significant goals in another subject but not in social studies. Furthermore, many of these activities are quite time consuming and some of them have the effect of distorting the ways social studies content is represented or developed. Examples of these and other problems with so-called integration activities are presented, and guidelines that teachers can use for judging the value of proposed integration activities, both their education value in general and their social education value in particular, are offered. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.