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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 19

Interdisciplinary Science Teaching

Charlene M. Czerniak

University of Toledo

Although the topic of curriculum integration has been around for more than 100 years, its popularity among educators has been renewed in the last few years. The notion of connecting subject areas has substantial face validity, because it makes common sense. In real life, people do not separate their daily tasks into separate subjects; therefore, it seems only rational that subject areas should not be separated in our schools.

Some authors propose that the integration of subject areas helps students learn to think critically and develop a general core of knowledge necessary for success in the future (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1989). Curriculum ...

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