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Transcript of Integrated Curriculum
CURRICULUM a.“The very notion of ‘integration’ incorporates the idea of unity between forms of knowledge and the respective disciplines” (Pring, 1973, p. 135).
BY: TATIANA PEREZ •Describe a reason why Integrated Curriculum is effective •Describe at least one way that Integrated Curriculum is relevant to and engages a learner •Learn at least two components of Integrated Curriculum Integrated Curriculum is... A way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make learning more meaningful to students. The idea is to teach around themes, or “organizing centers” that students can identify with, such as “The Environment,” “Life in School,” or more traditional areas like “Myths and Legends.” Major concepts are culled [obtained] from these broad themes, and activities are planned that teach or inform of these concepts. http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JOTS/Summer-Fall-1999/Loepp.html Why is Integrated Curriculum Effective? a. Integrated Curriculum adds problem-solving, real-world application and social consciousness to the learning process, making it a more comprehensive way of educating and of learning. a. Combining general and specific content b.Focusing on learner values, culture, discovery, thinking processes, and workplace experiences; c.Creating learning situations that transfer learning and knowledge; d.Reflecting the complexities of knowledge and its application in diverse contexts, problems, and situations. “There is a strong push to involve students in their learning, to let them create their own understanding, to encourage critical thinking, and to increase students’ responsibility in schooling. Integrated curriculum translates this theory into practice.” - Joseph Nowicki a.Focuses on basic skills, content and higher level thinking
b.Encourages lifelong learning
c.Structures learning around themes, big ideas and meaningful concepts
d.Provides connections among various curricular disciplines
e.Provides learners opportunities to apply skills they have learned f.Encourages active participation in relevant real-life experiences
g.Captivates, motivates, and challenges learners
h.Provides a deeper understanding of content
i.Offers opportunities for more small group and industrialized instruction
j.Accommodates a variety of learning styles/theories (i.e., social learning theory, cooperative learning, intrinsic motivation, and self-efficacy) and multiple intelligences http://www.archeworks.org/projects/tcsp/ic_guide_p2.html b. Integrated curriculum goes beyond merely “overlapping” the different existing subjects. That is, students do not merely read about Earth Day in English or calculate pollution levels in Math. Rather, they learn in a way that avoids labeling knowledge and, more importantly, draws upon their own life experiences and backgrounds. c. Makes learning real for students and gives them some ‘stake’ in the learning process. http://www.users.muohio.edu/shermalw/edp603_group3-f00.html Critics Say... a. First, it is sometimes appropriate for information to be taught within the content area. Some concepts run the risk of becoming confused when connected to unrelated subject matter. b. Secondly, critics claim that many teachers may lack knowledge and skills of the various disciplines. c. Finally, a key criticism of integrated curriculum is assessment. Schools continue to struggle with effective methods to assess student achievement in regard to higher-level thinking and deeper understanding. http://www.users.muohio.edu/shermalw/edp603_group3-f00.html (PROS) (CONS) THANK YOU! REFERENCES: Youtube Link:
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AlLKvHlJS50" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> b.http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JOTS/Summer-Fall-1999/Loepp.html iii.http://www.archeworks.org/projects/tcsp/ic_guide_p2.html http://www.users.muohio.edu/shermalw/edp603_group3-f00.html http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_199110_vars.pdf