ERIC Number: ED445740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
We've Started Talking, and Now We're Doing It! A Perspective on Curriculum Integration.
Teahen, Roberta C.
Recounts the achievement of four Michigan community college teams of faculty who had integrated academic and occupational content--the goals and strategies for which were jointly developed by faculty from different disciplines in traditionally academic and career specialty areas. Describes the case of this integration and explores integration as an educational construct. Looks at the Michigan statewide initiative for integration, which resulted in a project called "Curriculum Development: Integration of Liberal Arts and Occupational Education." This report provides a description of curriculum integration and Tech Prep. It also discusses national perspectives on community colleges' curricular integration and provides descriptions of eight different models as approaches to this endeavor: general education requirements, applied academic courses, cross-curricular efforts, incorporating academic modules in expanded occupational courses, multidisciplinary courses combining academic perspectives and occupational concerns, tandem and cluster courses and learning communities, colleges-within-colleges, and remediation and ESL programs with an occupational focus. Examines the benefits and barriers to curriculum integration. Describes the Wisconsin Instructional Design System, common themes in the Michigan experience, initial feedback, student and faculty experiences, implementation considerations, future opportunities and directions, and short-term recommendations. Concludes with first-year project summaries from Delta, Henry Ford, Macomb County, and Northwestern Michigan Colleges. Contains 12 references. (VWC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Michigan Coll., Traverse City.