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ERIC Number: ED472825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Connecting Ideas: A Strategy for Extending the Curriculum.
Kendall, John S.; DeFrees, Keri; Pierce, Jason; Richardson, Amy; Williams, Jill
Balancing limited time and effort between knowledge that students should know in depth (intensive curriculum) and knowledge about which they should have some understanding (extensive curriculum) poses a challenge for many educators. One solution to this problem involves the use of the connecting idea. A connecting idea links content that is part of the intensive curriculum to content identified as part of the extensive curriculum. It is a short, descriptive phrase that is explained more fully to make the link clear. It is intended to provide a means for familiarizing students with concepts that might not otherwise be introduced, given the limited time available for schooling. The link helps to create relevance in the extended content by connecting it with essential content learning material in a meaningful way. The connecting idea makes clear the links among disciplines and yet does not require extensive planning or particular subject-area expertise on the part of the teacher. Fourteen samples linking science facts with historical developments illustrate the method in a concrete way. (Contains 13 references.) (RT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.