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Curriculum in the United States is largely a fragmented set of subjects and teachers to present them. Many Pacific Northwestern educators are looking for innovative ways to organize curriculum that over comes the traditional structure. As knowledge of the learning process increases, integrative curriculum is being employed more frequently. Several schools in Washington and Oregon have explored using integrative curriculum. Integrating subjects was one approach used to organize curriculum. Gladstone High School in suburban Portland, Oregon, integrated English and science instruction to create a "philosophy of care" for students to help them better understand both subjects. Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington, created a school-within-a-school blending math, science, and English projects. Integrating people in projects such as the Haystack Rock(Oregon) Awareness Project is another curriculum approach. Integrating activities can also provide innovative approaches to curriculum. Seaside and Jewell high schools in Oregon participated in the Native American Site Artifact Project to study the archeological history of their area. Willamette Primary School in West Linn, Oregon, uses inquiry investigation to integrate curriculum. Integrative curriculum attempts to make learning more natural and link subjects together. (Contains 39 references.) (JPT)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Integrated Curriculum, Public Schools

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Author: Braunger, Jane; Hart-Landsberg, Sylvia

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10186&id=ED370239







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