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ERIC Number: EJ891108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3383
Curriculum Integration and At-Risk Students: A Canadian Case Study Examining Student Learning and Motivation
MacMath, Sheryl; Roberts, Jillian; Wallace, John; Chi, Xiaohong
British Journal of Special Education, v37 n2 p87-94 Jun 2010
The combining of subject areas or disciplines, referred to in this article as curriculum integration, has been recognised as being linked to high levels of student motivation and learning. Sheryl MacMath of the University of Toronto, Jillian Roberts of the University of Victoria, and John Wallace and Xiaohong Chi of the University of Toronto discuss the findings of their case study (n = 23 students) based in a Canadian secondary school where an integrated unit on energy was taught to pupils identified as being "at risk" of not completing high school. Teacher and student interviews, classroom observations and surveys were used in the case study to investigate student motivation and learning. Results from the study illustrate that students experienced higher levels of motivation and academic success compared to work on previous units. The authors explore how higher levels of student self-efficacy were also recorded due to the repetition of content in different classrooms and across different contexts. The authors argue that further research in this area should examine more than student learning and motivation and highlights the need to focus specifically on opportunities for successful academic experiences where student efficacy is increased.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada