ERIC Number: ED434413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Connecting the Curriculum to "Real Life." Breaking Ranks: Making It Happen.
Bottoms, Gene; Webb, L. Dean
This booklet focuses on strategies for providing curriculum content that is connected to real-life applications of knowledge and skills. It claims that authenticity exists on a continuum and content should not be seen as either completely authentic or as divorced from reality. It outlines the importance of authentic learning experiences, such as verbal experiences, visual experiences, vicarious experiences, simulated experiences, and direct experiences. The text provides tips for connecting the curriculum to real-life skills through project-based learning, which leads to the following results: engaged students learn more, studies take on a futuristic focus, and projects are compatible with the learning styles of students who have had difficulty succeeding in traditional classrooms. The volume also offers some cautions, such as recognizing that projects connected to low-level courses will not result in improved student performance. It offers advice on planning challenging projects and examines the roles of employers, teachers, students, and the principal in planning projects. Various types of projects, such as academic class projects, career research projects, and workplace projects are outlined. The booklet presents a project instructional plan with a project introduction, best instructional strategies, and student reflection. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: For others in the series, see EA 030 072, EA 030 073, and EA 030 075.