An NAEYC Online Event
Judith Schickedanz responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event from March 21–25, 2011. Read the questions and her answers below!
If done well, however, increasing integration of learning within multiple content domains makes our instruction more powerful—and learning more meaningful—for children.
The power of true integration
The overall purpose for integrating curriculum is to increase the learning in all integrated domains. With this in mind, my book adheres to several guidelines for the integration of learning. Specifically, teachers should:
Ensure that taking action to support learning in one domain does not undermine learning in another domain.
Consider timing when integrating. If an opportunity arises in the midst of an activity, ask yourself if a potential detour is likely to add enough to make the “trip” worthwhile, especially if there’s an opportunity later to integrate.
Take into consideration children’s learning sequences and their present knowledge in each domain.
Think carefully about the emphasis to be given to each domain, depending on the learning goals and instructional context.
Consider integrating not only within one instructional experience, but also across multiple and related instructional experiences.
Think strategically about using multiple instructional contexts, such as whole group, small group, or center time. Ask yourself, “What is the most appropriate and effective context for each part of the learning I wish to integrate?”
— Judith Schickedanz