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Curriculum integration (EDUC3110)

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Curriculum Integration
1.What is curriculum integration? Why?
Beane, J. (1995:616):
“Curriculum integration ... a way of thinking about what schools are for, about the sources of curriculum, and about the uses of knowledge. Curriculum integration begins with the idea that the
sources of curriculum
ought to be

problems, issues, and concerns
posed by life itself.”
2.What are the characteristics of curriculum integration?
3.What are design options available?
4.How to design an interdisciplinary curriculum?
4. How to design an interdisciplinary curriculum?***
Shoemaker (1989:5)
“...education that is organized in such a way that it cuts
across subject-matter lines
, bringing together various aspects of the curriculum into
meaningful
association
to focus upon
broad areas of study
. It views learning and teaching in a holistic way and
reflects the real world
, which is interactive.”
Application
of skills
Retrieval of
information
Multiple
perspectives
Depth
and
breadth
in learning
Positive attitudes
in students
Quality time
for curriculum exploration
(Lipson, 1993)

Essential components of an integrated curriculum
Core skills and processes.

These include basic skills, such as reading and mathematics, as well as social skills and problem solving.
Curriculum strands and themes.

These are the organizing principles around which the curriculum is built. They are broad-e.g., Human Societies-and integrate content from multiple areas.
Major themes.

Each curriculum strand is further divided into major themes, e.g., Environments or Diversity.
Questions.

Questions are used to further define major themes and focus activities.
Unit development
.
From the major theme and the questions, knowledge, and skills related to the concepts, teachers plan activities that will lead to the development of knowledge and skills which will answer the questions. Teachers also collect resources and develop actual lesson plans and assessment strategies.
Evaluation.

Through an assessment of student progress the unit is evaluated.

Types of Curriculum Integration:
Parallel discipline design
Multi-disciplinary (Complementary) design
Inter-disciplinary design
Trans-disciplinary design
(Integrated Day)
(Complete Programme)

Multi-disciplinary Design
Inter-disciplinary Design
Trans-disciplinary Design
Project-Based Learning
Select a
topic
of study
Find out what the students
already know
and helps them
generate questions
to explore
Provide
resources
for students and opportunities to work in the field
Share
work with others by displaying the results of their exploration, and
reviewing and evaluating
the project
Example: Eco-House Project
Design an eco-house for environmental sustainability.
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