ERIC Number: ED448073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Curriculum Innovation in Portugal: The "Area Escola"--An Arena for Cross-Curricular Activities and Curriculum Development. Innodata Monographs 5.
This monograph provides a description of the curricular area "Area-Escola" (A-E), in the context of an innovative curriculum development process, presenting the history, aims, and guidelines of this curricular area and analyzing some of the results of qualitative and quantitative studies on its impact. A-E is seen as an emerging school arena for the exercise of the different school attributions and functions--cooperative teaching, curriculum development, design of assessment instruments to monitor and improve student performance, and development of school/community relationships. This paper finds its origins in the rationale for education reform in Portugal, which introduced, contrary to the theoretical and academic character of the curricular contents of the existing system, a curricular area intended to foster cross-curricular activities. Contains 30 notes, 44 references, and an annex with insights into A-E projects and practices (includes 3 tables). (BT)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Bureau of Education, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Portugal