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DISCOVER Curriculum Model

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Transcript of DISCOVER Curriculum Model

DISCOVER Curriculum Model
Components of DISCOVER
Active, Hands-On Learning

Integration of Culture and Language

Group Activities and Choice

Centers with the Tools of Multiple Intelligences
Application in the K-12 Setting
The DISCOVER Curriculum Model fits perfectly into K-12 classrooms. The components can be achieved in various settings and with different ages and ability levels. It:

-encourages multiple teaching and learning methods for different learning types.

-requires real world situations and technology to be integrated into learning.

-prompts active, hands-on learning in multiple settings.

Different Settings:
NC Gifted Standards and Common Core
NC Gifted Standards:
Evidence of Current Use
The ideas from the DISCOVER Projects research have permeated through many curriculum models for all students. Many of the current ideas pushed through professional development into school districts are ideas related to the components of this model. Below are some districts using and providing curriculum support for this model.

Mishawaka District, Indiana
Oxford Central School
Helena West-Helena
Pueblo Gardens Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
Byck Elementary in Louisville, KY
DISCOVER Curriculum Model
-Result of research that began in 1987 at the University of Arizona with Dr. C. June Maker
Interdisciplinary Themes

Varied Problem Types

Visual and Performing Arts

Self-Selected Formats

Technology Integration

The DISCOVER Curriculum model actually builds in various settings within the required components.
Independent: In Visual and Performing Arts, individuals with Intrapersonal Intelligence might choose a silent audience and working independently. In choosing self-selected formats for assessment, each student could choose a different way to show what they know.
Small Group: In Group Activities and Choice, students are encouraged to work together and have some choice as to how they show what they know. Also, the use of centers is a great opportunity to build in small ground activities.
Whole Group: The DISCOVER model contains components that can be used with whole group settings as well. Although not specifically mentioned, using engaging whole class activities fits nicely with building interdisciplinary themes, which is a component of the model.
The DISCOVER Model addresses the following standards from the NC Gifted Standards.

Standard 1: Student Identification (The DISCOVER Assessment provides data and feedback for different intelligences to consider during the identification process.

Standard 2: Differentiated Curriculum
and Instruction (The model focuses on differentiating instruction, providing choice, and meeting the needs of individual learning styles.)

Standard 4: Comprehensive Programming
within a Total School Community (The model could be implemented across an entire district providing comprehensive programming for all levels of education. It also addresses the academic, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of students.)
Common Core:
The DISCOVER Model aligns with the following Common Core ideas.

1. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

2. Research and draw information from numerous resources.

3. Use math to describe and solve real-world problems

4. Demonstrate deeper learning through projects and tasks

5. Problem-solving

Assessing the Model
Appropriateness to Situation:
Comprehensiveness:
Flexibility:
Practicality:
Validity:
This model is appropriate for any learning institution. It emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning following the constructivist theory and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, all of which are generally desired characteristics of programs.
Differentiation is key in this model. Content is modified through choice and incorporation of life situations. Process is modified through choice, group work, and projects. Students are provided choices for products and able to show their learning in different ways. Independent, small group, and whole group instruction is included.
The ideas from DISCOVER can be easily included in all content areas and with all ages. The model can be implemented as a part of a program and would especially be complimented by a program focusing on identification processes.
Because many of the components are already parts of instruction in my district, I do feel that the implementation of this model is practical. However, addressing the model as a whole would require a great deal of professional development over an extended period of time.
The DISCOVER model was a result of DISCOVER Projects research in 1987. Researchers were attempting to learn more about problem-solving strategies and abilities. Their results inspired this curriculum model. They have continued to research the model in the decades since. (University of Arizona)
Additional Resources:
DISCOVER Overview: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/overview--uploaded.htm

DISCOVER Curriculum: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/curriculum.htm

DISCOVER Assessment: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/assessment.htm

DISCOVER Research: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/resCurriculum.htm


Sources:
Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners (3rd) ~ VanTassel-Baska, J. and Stambaugh, T. (2006). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

The DISCOVER Model: http://tinyurl.com/k97bltf

NC Academically or Intellectually Gifted Standards: http://tinyurl.com/kg4fks9

DISCOVER Curriculum Explanation: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/curriculum.htm

DISCOVER Overview: http://www.discover.arizona.edu/overview--uploaded.htm
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