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ERIC Number: ED403260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
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Together Again: Preparing Creative & Caring Teachers via a School-University Interdisciplinary Curriculum Project.
Beekler, Jerry; And Others
This report summarizes and analyzes the impact of a collaborative project joining Conestoga Valley Middle School and Millersville University (Pennsylvania). The project, part of the Keystone Integrated Framework Project, promoted partnerships between local schools and teacher education programs in Pennsylvania. This project was a 7-week, role playing simulation that integrated history, civics, geography, English, science, music, and the arts based upon national, state, and local school district curriculum standards. Participants, 128 eighth-grade students working in problem-solving teams of 10-12 students, confronted current societal problems in a simulated society. The teachers and student teachers acted as supervisors, university art students served as instructors in artistic method, and university microcomputer students documented the simulations. Each team researched a societal problem and proposed solutions; all team communication had to be done through the arts. The study findings revealed that the project's emphases on integrated curriculum strengthened the interdisciplinary nature of the middle school program, and led to creation of collaborative relationships with the university's art department. Two charts illustrate the steps to a positive university/school partnership and potential problems. The complete middle school interdisciplinaary unit is included. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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