Curriculum Integration: Does it Matter Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?
Ivan Charner and Robin White discuss the preliminary findings from a study of four integrated curriculum models. The four models are differentiated by the driver or the catalyst. One model is employer led, one is teacher led, one was led by university faculty, and one was a mixed or multiple model. The study of these models emerged from two different directions. The first was from the growing focus on curriculum integration of a number of educational reform efforts, particularly Perkins, Career and Technical Education, and School to Work. Both of those reforms had curriculum integration at the heart of them. The second area was some work in the state of Michigan on a very sophisticated employer- and union-driven curriculum integration model. The goal of the study was to add to the research on curriculum integration with some in-depth information on the merits and strengths of the four models, also where there were barriers and challenges around the models.
Ivan Charner, Academy for Educational Development’s National
Institute for Work and Learning
Robin White, Academy for Educational Development (AED)