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ERIC Number: EJ776208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Re-Searching the Conditions for Curriculum Integration in the Middle Years of Schooling
Wallace, John; Sheffield, Rachel; Rennie, Leonie; Venville, Grady
Australian Educational Researcher, v34 n2 p29-49 Aug 2007
In Australia, and internationally, integration is a widely promoted middle school curriculum reform strategy. Integration is claimed to engage students by providing opportunities to work on a few cross-disciplinary objectives, to apply knowledge across the subject boundaries and to work on tasks with meaning and relevance. While these curriculum goals enjoy a certain popularity among middle school reformers and curriculum integration adherents, in practice, the prevalence of integration is patchy and provisional. In this article, we (re) examine two of our studies of middle school integration over the past decade to explore the reasons for this apparent disparity between the rhetoric and the reality. In our re-search for integration, we look back at our data to identify enabling and inhibiting conditions for curriculum reform and develop a list of key program characteristics. Finally, we look forward, drawing on the notion of institutional resilience to speculate on the reasons why some middle school programs seem to flourish while others wither. (Contains 2 tables.) [An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2005 annual conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association, Hamilton, July.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia