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Interdisciplinary Curriculum [microform] : A Fusion of Reform Ideas / Joan Butterworth Grady
Bib ID 5575722
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Grady, Joan Butterworth
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
22 p. 
Summary

Problems such as poor test performance and low student motivation require that those in the educational system seriously consider restructuring the way they teach. For many years, content has been taught in periods of isolated time units; however, this Carnegie unit is an anachronism that needs to be eliminated. The alternative to the Carnegie unit assembly-line mentality for delivering knowledge and skills through completely isolated content areas is an interdisciplinary curriculum. The concept of interdisciplinary curriculum has a long history in American education. An interdisciplinary curriculum provides the needed patterns and connections for more complex reasoning and enhanced learning by meshing knowledge, skills, and information from a variety of disciplines. Classroom environment, content standards, and assessment are essential components in developing an interdisciplinary curriculum. Themes, issues, topics, or problems are necessary for structuring this type of curriculum. Some practitioners have suggested a continuum for interdisciplinary curricula that starts at the simplest level, called variously meta- or multi-disciplinary, moves through interdisciplinary, and culminates with transdisciplinary. The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) has developed a unique process for guiding teachers through the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary curriculum; the result of this process has been called a "chunk." The chunk process rests on three components: (1) learner-centered principles; (2) content and learner standards; and (3) assessment. A chosen theme serves as the organizing center of the chunk. (Contains 14 references.) (AS)

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Availability: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory Resource Center, 2550 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014 ($10).

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RP91002005.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classroom Environment.  |  Curriculum Development.  |  Educational Change.  |  Educational Strategies.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Integrated Curriculum.  |  Interdisciplinary Approach.  |  Standards.  |  Student Centered Curriculum.  |  Student Evaluation.  |  Thematic Approach.  |  Carnegie Unit Chunks (Programmed Instruction)  |  Mid Continent Regional Educational Laboratory
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO
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