ERIC Number: ED442816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
An Examination of the Effects of an Interdisciplinary Curriculum Program on Behavior and Academic Performance in a Suburban High School. (A Compilation from the First Three Years of a Four-Year Study).
Cordogan, Steve; Stanciak, Lois
An interdisciplinary curriculum program was introduced at a suburban high school almost 1,700 students when the school became eligible for a Chapter 1 program grant for academically at risk students. The interdisciplinary program, which integrated English, Algebra, Biology, and World History, developed and was expanded to all students, including an honors group. This study focuses on students in the Class of 2000, tracking the initial members of the class and subsequent enrollees. So far, the study has followed these students through 3 years; fourth-year additions will be grades for these students' senior year, in which there are no interdisciplinary classes, and college attendance rates. The first 3 years of the study have shown that behaviors by students in the interdisciplinary program are more positive than those for discipline-based students, as indicated by lower absence and suspension rates. Academic performance of interdisciplinary students is higher, and scores on the Iowa Test of Educational Development are equal or higher for the interdisciplinary group. Teachers of the interdisciplinary program expressed a strong preference for the instructional approach. An appendix contains a chart of Iowa Test of Educational Development scores. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).