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“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Integrative learning is a learning theory describing a movement toward integrated lessons helping learners make connections across curricula, an essential ingredient in a modern curriculum. This concept is distinct from lower levels of education, as there is required prior understanding. Integrated investigation involves bringing together traditionally separate subjects so that learners can grasp a more authentic understanding, this approach is very much aligned to STEM and is enhanced through the use of digital technologies, bringing to life many of the interdisciplinary aspects to STEM. 


Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How the teacher can bring together usually separate subjects so that learners can grasp a more realistic understanding
  • How teachers can carefully design learning circumstances, paying attention to detail when implementing those situations either physical or virtually
  • Not just provide learners technology, but to work together with them to foster shared, differentiated learning practices


Interdisciplinary curricula have been shown by several studies to support learner’s engagement. Specifically integrating engineering/science with comprehension such as report writing sessions has been shown to improve learners understanding in both science and English language. It is important to note that teachers who want to introduce digital technology tools must thoroughly learn how the tools work, make sure to carefully design learning situations, paying attention to detail when implementing those situations either physical or virtually, or both. It is crucial not to just give learners technology, but to work together with them to foster shared, differentiated and situated learning practices.

 
 
Image reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org
 
As an illustration, the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) provides a framework for educators to successfully integrate technology into their teaching practice.
 

Quiz

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FAQ

Q: Can I use the Integrative approach for teaching STEM
subjects?

A: The integrative approach relates to education/training with
real-world applications. Using this approach, learners find the theory teaching
of a subject more meaningful and relevant. The integrative approach stimulates
the interest of learners in subjects were underpinning theory is essential to
the practical implementation, such as STEM subjects.

Q: Can I integrate traditionally separate subjects together?

A: Yes, integrated teaching and learning involve bringing together traditionally separate subjects so that learners can grasp a more authentic understanding. An interdisciplinary curriculum, as has been shown by several studies, supports learner engagement. It should not just stop at learning and teaching methodologies – the integrative approach can be used also for assessment, which is to be encouraged with certain subjects.