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Integrated Studies

Discover innovations and best practices for combining multiple academic subjects to prepare students for a world where all knowledge is integrated.

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What Is Integrated Studies?

Integrated studies combines curriculum from two or more disciplines, allowing students to see how ideas are connected. Teaching in such a contextual manner promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge retention. Watch an introduction video.


Integrated Studies: A Short History

Venerable educators from John Dewey to Howard Gardner have extolled the virtues of studying subjects in a holistic, contextual way rather than in a vacuum. Learn more.


What the Experts Say

Great things can happen when teachers break out of their silos and collaborate across subjects. Here's what researchers, educators, and curriculum writers have to say about the benefits of integrated studies. See what the experts say.


Why Should Schools Embrace Integrated Studies?

To increase engagement and retention, academic subjects are presented in an interdisciplinary fashion that reflects modern knowledge and society. For instance, history, literature, and art can be interwoven and taught through text, images, and sound. See why.


Research: The Effectiveness of Integrated Studies

Discover seven key approaches in effective curriculum integration, get our specific recommendations on evidence-based practices and programs, and learn about pitfalls to avoid. Dig deeper.




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Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
Schools That Work

Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections

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An Introduction to Integrated Studies

An Introduction to Integrated Studies

Combining academic subjects produces deeper learning.

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Without the arts, education's grade is Incomplete.

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Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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Mixing Art + Politics -- Integrated Studies in High School

Schools That Work: Mixing Art + Politics -- Integrated Studies in High School

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Using Today's Technology Tools to Study Yesterday's

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Kaleidoscopic Learning: An Overview of Integrated Studies

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