Date of Award

6-1998

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Anita McClain

Abstract

Curriculum integration has been proposed as a major method of interactive curriculum delivery for students in the United Sates. Human psychological and physiological research suggests that the human brain understands new topics better when it sees patterns and relationships. Educational reform leaders believe that curriculum integration of different subject disciplines provides a means for the student to assimilate new information more easily and with greater retention. This research project will collect evidence to evaluate Tahoma High School's Integrated Program in Maple Valley, Washington. Points of emphasis will include: How do integration students'. grades and student-assessed academic performance compare with those of their classmates in a traditional classroom setting? Does the Integrated Program team teaching fonnat affect student~ assessed performance? Finally, are students in the Integrated Program more likely to come to school? Data will be collected from a series of different resources indulging: The Student Attitude Measurement (SAM); student grade point averages; Washington State Curriculum Framework Assessment System (CFAS); Washington State Junior Writing Assessment and attendance. The analysis of the evidence will provide information on whether or not curriculum integration at Tahoma High School is an effective method of instruction for high school students.

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