Integrated studies or interdisciplinary studies offers a comprehensive learning from all aspects of the subject. It’s the type of learning which not only help students in their cognitive development but it would also introduce them to a world of connecting various concepts with the real- life situations.
This not only give emphasizeson one discipline but integrates various disciplines and make connections with each other. As we can see, today’s world is centredon the development and exchange of ideas, information and knowledge, it appears that people who wish to prosper in several disciplines would only attain holistic growth.
The advanced learning recommends incorporation of 21st century skills to introduce creativity, adaptability, critical reasoning, and collaboration in children. So, the integrated learning comes are in the forefront to foster these skills in the classroom and aid them in grasping the interrelationships between different facets of a single topic.
The integrated learning brings in diverse disciplines in a comprehensive manner enabling students to develop meaningful associations within a given topic.
This is possible through Project-Based Learning (PBL) where the students have to undergoan intensive research based on the topic of their choice. The PBL combined with integrated learning would make school interesting and productive for teachers as well as students.
Advantages of Integrated Learning
1.Will increase understanding and application of general concepts
2.Comprehensive analysis along with the development of multiple perspectives or point of views.
3.Ability to make decisions and observe, create and criticise and bring associations beyond the subject.
4.Identify and assess complex problems
5.Facilitate collaborative learning by having group discussions and interactions.
6.It increases motivation.
In California, the integrated curriculum and Project Based Learning has created a shift from rote method. The students are seen more engaged and attached to the learning process. The unique way of acquiring knowledge and skills is changing the dynamics of education to another level.
To monitor the progress of students, a constructive feedback system is necessary for integrated and project- based learning. When the students complete their work, it should be exchanged among fellow students which gives them different perspectives about the same topic. In this way, teacher’s burden will reduce and student’s performance would increase.
The wisdom should be imparted to student’s in a meaningful way which not only challenges them but would also make them aware about the importance of learning not only to score good marks but to understand things from a broader vision.
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