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ERIC Number: ED389684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Integrated Approaches to Learning.
Rosberg, Merilee
This paper discusses ways that teachers have found to integrate curriculum and make it more meaningful to students. A review of the literature reveals that teachers are exploring ways to provide developmentally appropriate curriculum and opportunities for children to learn in a more natural setting. Three approaches are examined: whole language, literature-based curriculum, and the project approach. The whole language approach draws on scientific theory based on research in linguistics, education, and psycholinguistics as curriculum is planned and implemented. This approach emphasizes that literacy develops in response to personal and social needs and that children learn language skills in a social context rather than in isolation. Literature-based curriculum is a thematic approach using materials that are meaningful and relevant to the student. The advantages of using literature as the basis of an integrated curriculum are explored, along with methods of student evaluation. Finally, project approach, a method of integrating subjects and involving students in doing in-depth investigation of topics that interest them, is described in detail. Several specific examples are used to illustrate the project approach. allows The three approaches all are seen as enabling teachers to look at how children learn and illustrate that an integrated approach can be an effective and efficient way to teach that is meaningful, relevant, and interesting for teachers and students. (Contains 14 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A