ERIC Number: ED552916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Research Supporting Integrated Curriculum: Evidence for Using This Method of Instruction in Public School Classrooms
Costley, Kevin C.
The main purpose of an integrated curriculum is to have a student-centered curriculum that engages students, improves student learning, and increases student interest. Higher-order thinking skills, cooperative learning, and consideration of other students' values are emphasized. Students collaborate with teachers to make lessons that address social issues and student concerns. An integrated curriculum allows students the opportunity to notice the meaning and purpose in the material. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the material. An integrated curriculum prepares children for lifelong learning. Students can link their experiences in the classroom to the real world and make sense of experiences from their lives. This article shows the importance to educators to evaluate the positive results of integrated curriculum in education. Some licensed teachers never consider this option of content delivery. Some teachers still present content by keeping subjects separate with no integration. However, an integrated curriculum can cover many standards and meet the needs of high-stakes assessments. Researchers show that classroom lessons that incorporate integrated curriculum are often effective alternatives to the traditional subject-by-subject curriculum. It is important that educators at all levels examine the positive learner outcomes, achievement, and self-confidence caused by implementing an integrated curriculum. Students enhance critical thinking skills, make connections between subjects, and connect content to the real world.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A