Capstone/Dissertation Title

Practice, perception, and proposal of interdisciplinary curriculum

Term

2008

Capstone

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Abstract

This study attempted to answer three questions: 1) What are the benefits and challenges of implementing an interdisciplinary curriculum? 2) What are the current practices, perceptions, and experiences of teachers and administrators at my school site regarding the implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum? and 3) What challenges would we face if attempting to implement interdisciplinary curriculum? Qualitative research was conducted using a case study, and data was collected through a survey. The participants were teachers at a suburban school district in the Minneapolis area. The research revealed that the main benefits of interdisciplinary curriculum are deeper learning, increased motivation, improved academic performance, positive attitudes, and increased retention. The main obstacle revealed was time constraints for planning and implementation. The teachers at the case study site expressed interest in integration, specifically of language arts and science or social studies and recommendations for implementation were provided.

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