Perspectives: Connecting with Other Disciplinesby: Meredith A. Park Rogers and Sandra K. Abell

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Interdisciplinary instruction is a way of approaching curriculum by organizing content and processes from more than one discipline around a central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience (Jacobs 1989). Teachers can start the process of designing interdisciplinary units by examining the standards in different curricular areas and finding commonalities. One place to start is with the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996) unifying themes. The unifying themes (e.g., systems, change, models), as well as connected tools (e.g., measurement, representations), and shared processes (e.g., observing, predicting) are places for making meaningful curricular connections across disciplines.

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  • on Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:28 AM

Interdisciplinary learning saves time and makes for strong connections between the disciplines. We all know it saves time in an already busy day; however it also helps to integrate big ideas while reinforcing various skills such as reading, writing and math. This article explains how students learn this way, things to consider when using this technique, and how teachers can use science as a spring board to further learning.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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