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ERIC Number: ED514797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Interdisciplinary Education in Comprehensive School: Can a Deep Understanding Occur?
Andersson, Sonja; Bergstrom-Nyberg, Susanne; Dumbrajs, Martina; Dumbrajs, Sivbritt; Martelin, Victoria; Westerlund, Tove
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v7 n9 p34-46 Sep 2010
The authors investigate how an integrative approach can be applied to teaching of different disciplines at school. Interdisciplinarity can be defined as a process of answering a question, solving a problem or addressing a topic that is too broad to be dealt with by a single discipline. In addition to an integrated understanding of the topic, the process going on inside the learner interests the authors. Unsuspected abilities, development of new views of the world and new commitment may emerge. Constructivism and narration, together with the socio-cultural theory of learning, form the background of the teaching and learning processes. The curriculum will integrate between subjects and recommends work in small groups to develop students' social capacities. The collaborative problem-solving approach, while including telling and re-telling features, allows students of natural sciences to hypothesize and test hypotheses using scientific methods. The target audience of this paper is class teachers and subject teachers in comprehensive schools (Grades 1-9). The research questions are: Do students that undergo integrative education work think and problem-solve in different ways compared to when partaking in standard instruction? Can they develop a deep understanding of the topic they are studying? The authors plan to present story re-telling and visualization activities in groups concerning one theme: eggs. The topic covers arts, foreign languages, mathematics and science. Such an approach strengthens students' understanding of the disciplines themselves. It is hoped that this work can be useful for teachers that are interested in giving their students a more holistic view of their life world. (Contains 3 tables and 7 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Finland