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ERIC Number: ED440850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-29
Pages: 13
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Utilizing the Science as Core Course of an Integrated Curriculum Development: A Collaborative Action Research.
Hsiung, Tung-Hsing; Chen, Shu-Li; Wang, Zen-Sing
This paper describes the progress of applying the integrated curriculum in two elementary classrooms. Utilizing science as the core course of integrated curriculum, three elementary teachers and two university-based educators worked together to design and to conduct the experimental course of integrated-curriculum. Based on the approach of collaborative action research, the team members had weekly meetings to discuss the strategies of integrated-curriculum plans, designed the integrated-curriculum, applied the curriculum, found the problems (including teaching and learning problems) and solved problems, and developed the suitable integrated-curriculum model with a theoretical and practical rationale. Results of the study show that the activity-based integrated-curriculum is a proper model for teachers in connecting the different subjects to deal with aspects of one topic at the same time, and is a proper approach for students in connecting their learning in the school with their real life experiences. Under the integrated-curriculum approach, students spend more time doing science homework and need to use the science skills in other courses; it is a way to improve the student's interest in science. However, to design and develop the integrated-curriculum in the school is highly reliant on collaboration by teachers, administrators, and/or parents. Therefore, a research team or curriculum development team is necessary for the school while attempting to conduct the integrated-curriculum project. Finally, meaningful change in the curriculum is a long-term project, which may take two or more years in order to become institutionalized. (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan