ERIC Number: ED351095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Integrated Curriculum in the Middle School. ERIC Digest.
Recent debates among educators about the middle school curriculum involve three concepts: (1) middle school ought to provide a general education school in which the curriculum focuses on widely shared concerns of early adolescents and the larger world rather than specialization among separate subjects; (2) the curriculum ought to serve the students; and (3) adolescents should not be viewed as victims of their developmental stage. These concepts, along with the notion of curriculum integration, point to a vision for middle school curricula that addresses the questions adolescents have about themselves and their world, and questions shared by adolescents and older people. This vision results in a curriculum organized around themes rather than artificial subject areas. The vision has been put into practice in the Marquette Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin. In this new curriculum vision, students are given a voice in curriculum planning. Meanings are created by students rather than imposed by adults. Knowledge and skill are removed from abstract subject categories. The curriculum integrates affect and cognition, and the curriculum is integrated and whole, rather than divided into blocks of time devoted to subject courses. Proposals for integrative curricula focus on the middle level because professionals at the middle level have been more involved in school reform than those at other levels. Six references are cited. (BC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.