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ERIC Number: ED443172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
The Interdisciplinary Curriculum: A Literary Review and a Manual for Administrators and Teachers.
Smith, Jaimie; Karr-Kidwell, PJ
The purpose of this paper was to provide a literary review and to create a manual explaining the difference between an interdisciplinary curriculum and other curriculum approaches. An interdisciplinary curriculum is a holistic approach that links the disciplines by emphasizing relationships and connections. A different approach to curriculum development and one that moves away from the traditional, subject-centered approach is curriculum integration. The three most common forms of integration are multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary. The multidisciplinary approach connects two or more disciplines such as math and science. In the transdisciplinary approach, the content and the theme are the same, and there is no division between the disciplines. The interdisciplinary approach starts with the disciplines and connects them with each other, the overall theme, or the issues. Each one of the integrated approaches uses issues, problems, or themes to organize the content. The last section of the handbook contains information from discussions with 1 administrator, 8 teachers, and 12 students on the positive impacts of an interdisciplinary approach. The appendix is a manual for administrators and teachers. (Contains 55 references.) (MLF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A