Disadvantages Of Integrated Curriculum

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The Integrated Curriculum There are three (3) categories of the integrated curriculum. According to Drake and Burns (2004), they are: The multidisciplinary integration, the interdisciplinary integration and the transdisciplinary integration. The figure below shows the relationship of different subjects to each other and to a common theme. Fig. 5. Integrated Curriculum Theory The multidisciplinary integration approach focuses primarily on the disciplines. Teachers who use this approach organize standards from the disciplines around a theme. Through this integration, teachers expect students to understand the connections between the different subject disciplines and their relationship to the real world.Connections to the real world motivated students, and their interests, in turn, shaped instruction. Teachers, impressed by the level of classroom discussion, concluded that integrated curriculum lends itself to higher order thinking skills (Drake & Reid, 2010). In the Interdisciplinary approach, teachers organize the curriculum around common learning across disciplines. They chunk together the common learning’s’ embedded in the disciplines to emphasize interdisciplinary skills and concepts. The disciplines are identifiable but they assume less importance than in the multidisciplinary approach. The interdisciplinary approach synthesizes more than one discipline and creates teams of teachers and students that enrich the overall educational experience. Fig.
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