The integrated curriculum model is an organizational structure and approach that weaves together content disciplines through a substantial theme or complex topic.
By immersing learners in an integrated-thematic unit, we provide learning experiences across numerous disciplines, which encourages students to transfer and retain knowledge, and conceptually understand topics.
- piques learners' interests while tapping into their background knowledge about a subject
- supports students' ability to gain new information, while building on learners' existing knowledge base
- creates a meaningful way for students to connect their new learning to past experiences
- caters to gifted learners' ability to see and understand conceptual relationships, and to find, solve, and act on problems more readily than most learners of their same age
- matches the intellectual processes and information processing styles associated with how gifted students learn
- stimulates and exercises the processes of critical thinking, problem finding, problem solving, creative production, and evaluation in the context of content that is both challenging and intrinsically interesting to the learners.
- favors the use of higher-level thinking skills as tools in learning rather than as separate subject matter covered in isolation
- places high importance on having learners generate observations, inquiries, investigations, hypotheses and generalizations—parallel to how content specialists and practitioners in the field perform these processes
- engages learners in discovering, understanding deeply, and using information and concepts to answer their own questions, and fulfill their strong desires to know, perform and produce