Date Approved

5-31-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Pauly, Regina

Subject(s)

Instructional materials centers; Interdisciplinary approach in education

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to examine a synergistic form of learning known as the integrated curriculum. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching, the integrated curriculum seeks to explore the connections and interrelations that exist between academic subject areas in order to create educational experiences that reflects what We know about the learning process.

Discussed in the thesis are the theoretical and philosophical background of this form of experiential learning, historical attempts at implementation, current thinking on design and implementation, and finally practical applications. Conclusions are drawn from all of the above sources and a list of essential criteria for successful implementation is suggested. Particular focus is given to the role of the media specialist, as coordinator and facilitator of the process.

It is generally agreed that if our children are to compete successfully in the future global economy, some drastic changes must be made in the way in which we educate them. Students need to learn to become perceptive, innovative, self-directed thinkers. This model of education is a step in that direction. As such the integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum has been endorsed by both the National Middle School Association and the Association of Middle School Principals.

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