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Susan DrakeHong Kong PPT - The context of education today...

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The context of education today is one of accountability.
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We need to balance accountability with the need for creativity - two seeming opposites.
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Even when educators are presented with the research on integrated curriculum, they often continue to experience the tensions between accountability and creativity. The research tells us that in integrated programs, students— particularly at-risk students, outperform students in traditional classes. As my colleague and I were writing our book, we experienced the tensions between accountability and creativity. What we concluded as we worked through the tensions and learned from the experiences of educators in real schools is that it is not an either-or issue. Rather it is a both-and issue.
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These reasons are typically stated in the Literature. In this case they were comments by a focus group of educators who are integrating the Arts into other subject areas.
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Again, these reasons are typically stated in the Literature. In this case they were comments by a focus group of educators who are integrating the Arts into other subject areas.
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If students don’t stand to lose anything and there is so much to gain, why do people have a difficult time integrating?
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Connection making is an important aspect of learning. The brain works best when it is making connections. Making connections across disciples has been shown to increase students’ acquisition and retention of knowledge and skills. Connections to real life situations and issues increases relevancy for students, thus increasing motivation and engagement. These are primary needs for students at risk of dropping out of school. Connections across disciplines and to real life may be either skills-based or knowledge-based or both.
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Since the early 20 th century, researchers and educators have noticed that teachers seem to approach curriculum integration from three fundamentally different starting points. These three categories offer a starting point for understanding different approaches to integration. Educators are encouraged to use the approach that best fits their school setting.
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Multidisciplinary approaches focus primarily on the disciplines. This slide
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