Integrating the Curriculum

Integration within single disciplines

The Fragmented Model

The fragmented model is a traditional design of curriculum. This Model organize the curriculum in such a way that dictates and separate topics and courses into distinct disciplines. In this model, the curriculum is viewed through a periscope, offering one sighting at a time: one directed focus on a single discipline (subject area).

Typically, courses are separated into the major academic (traditional areas of study: mathematics, science, Language Arts, social studies, as well as humanities, art, technical arts, etc.

Each area/discipline is seen as an independent course of study, defined as a pure entity and of itself.  At the Primary (middle), secondary and post-secondary levels these disciplines are generally taught by different teachers, in different locations or rooms, with students moving from classroom to classroom.

Students are felt with a fragmented view of the curriculum as each separate encounter has a distinct cellular organization.

Offering one sighting at a time, one directed focus on a single discipline.

Despite the downside of this traditional model, integration can begin. The model can be used, individually by teachers/educators, or in collaboration with colleagues, by listing and ranking themes, strands, topics, concepts, and skills to systematically organize curricular priorities within each subject.

Published by Elorine

Dedicated Early Childhood and Primary Educator, who strive to empower students to be creative self-directed learners, using education to ignite the fire within themselves and others. Experience in establishing and fostering friendly, understanding agreement between students, parents and teachers that matures into prosperous lasting relationships. Acknowledging God; as the fountain and source of all knowledge.

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