Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum: Aligning Curriculum, Content, Assessment, and Instruction

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9781412915069: Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum: Aligning Curriculum, Content, Assessment, and Instruction

This completely revised edition of the classic text presents multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to curriculum integration, covering instructional strategies, assessment tasks, and daily learning activities.

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Susan M. Drake is a professor in the Graduate and Undergraduate Department of Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. She earned a PhD in curriculum from the University of Toronto. She has taught at all levels of education. She taught physical education and Health and English for 18 years at the high school level. She worked on school improvement teams at the elementary level and spent one year as an elementary teacher. As well, she was a partner in a private adult education company that provided organizational development, consulting and adult learning courses. Today, Susan teaches curriculum/assessment courses for Masters of Education and doctoral students and for undergraduate students who will soon be entering the teaching field. As a researcher, she seeks out educators who are involved in exemplary practices, as she believes that a good practice makes good theory. This is Susan’s seventh book on the topic of curriculum integration and she has published over 48 articles and 9 book chapters. She coauthored Meeting Standards Through Integrated Curriculum (2004) for ASCD with Rebecca Burns. As well, she authored Creating Integrated Curriculum (1998) for Corwin Press (1998) and Planning for Integrated Curriculum: The Call to Adventure (1993) for ASCD. She has lead interdisciplinary curriculum design teams from the school to the provincial level. Susan travels extensively and has done workshops/presentations across North America and in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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"The content is powerful. Seeing examples from all grades levels is important so that readers, regardless of teaching level, can see that it can be done in their situation." -- Sue DeLay, Curriculum Resource Teacher "Contains real-life examples of integration and includes examples from the author's own experience in the classroom, making the work much more appealing and credible for teachers. The author has practiced her own theories and talks about them in humble terms, meaning she does not hide the failures." -- Mary Ann Kahl, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership "I have taught integrated curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level over the past six years and have helped administrate a school that developed its whole curriculum around integration. This book would have been very useful in both situations. I look forward to using it in my current teaching." -- Gary Babiuk, Assistant Professor of Education "As I read the book, I thought 'thank goodness.' This is the first book I have read that lays out a big picture that I can buy into and explains how to look at accountability in a positive way." -- Jane Adair, Resource Specialist

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