ERIC Number: ED441618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Integrative Curriculum in a Standards-Based World. ERIC Digest.
Vars, Gordon F.; Beane, James A.
Curriculum integration has long been proposed as a way of organizing the "common learnings" or life skills considered essential for all citizens in a democracy. Curriculum is organized around real-life problems and issues significant to both young people and adults, applying pertinent content and skills from many subject areas or disciplines. The intent is to help students make sense out of their life experiences and learn how to participate in a democracy. This digest suggests how middle level schools can, at the same time, both reap the benefits of genuine student-centered, integrative curriculum and instruction and also develop student competencies in state-mandated standards so that students can make acceptable scores on typical standards-based tests. The digest discusses"integrative standards" development by several groups: (1) the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) and the Alliance for Curriculum Reform (ACR); (2) the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD); and (3) the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). The digest also discusses the students' role in addressing standards and cites research on student academic achievement in various types of integrative programs. Contains 12 references. (LPP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Competence, Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Evaluation, Student Role
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.