ERIC Number: ED426507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Creating Integrated Curriculum: Proven Ways To Increase Student Learning.
Drake, Susan M.
This book offers detailed descriptions of different approaches to curriculum integration and applies them to elementary, middle, and high school settings. Eight chapters in the book include: (1) "What Is Integrated Curriculum and Why Is It Important?" which sets the current context, and, by applying the story model, concludes that education is moving forward with a new vision. This chapter also offers a rationale for why integrated approaches currently offer an ideal teaching approach; (2) "Does Integrated Curriculum Work?" which reviews the available research on the integrated approach to curriculum, and challenges the use of standardized tests to measure the success of these programs; (3) "Creating Multidisciplinary Programs," which emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches that interconnect different subject areas; (4) "Using Interdisciplinary Approaches," which details the differing approaches of Robin Fogarty, Roger Taylor, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and Lyn Erickson that integrate common themes and emphasize different aspects of curriculum; (5) "Exploring Transdisciplinary Approaches," which presents several transdisciplinary models: problem-based learning, the narrative curriculum developed by Carol Lauritzen and Michael Jaegar, the Story model (Drake et al. 1992), negotiating the curriculum (Boomer, 1992), James Beane's collaborative planning model, and Marion Brady's conceptual framework of reality; (6) "Connecting Standards to Curriculum," which explores how to connect standards to integrated curriculum and analyzes typical standards; (7) "Aligning, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment," which presents the principles of learning embedded in the curriculum innovations described in the previous chapter; and (8) "Overcoming the Obstacles and Finding Success," which identifies potential roadblocks to implementing integrated curriculums and offers solutions. (Contains 183 references and descriptive lists of books, videos, newsletters, and programs.) (RIB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Problem Based Learning
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6716-0, $59.95; paper: ISBN-0-8039-6717-9, $26.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
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