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Connecting the Curriculum Through Interdisciplinary Instruction.

In 1988, the National Middle School Association (NMSA) issued an official resolution supporting interdisciplinary team organization as "the most appropriate arrangement for middle level teachers and students." This new publication, composed primarily of articles from the Middle School Journal, is designed to help teachers and administrators implement this type of instruction in their schools.

The editor has organized the articles into four major topics: 1) what interdisciplinary instruction can do for you, 2) planning for interdisciplinary instruction, 3) interdisciplinary instruction in action and 4) nurturing teaming and guiding growth. Section three is very useful for working with preservice teachers. The section begins with an article by Nancy Doda on "Teaming: Its Burdens and Blessings" and ends with one on "Cross-Curricular Connections." The reader will find examples of webbing as a planning strategy, a lesson plan tree, and an article that encourages teachers to use thinking skills as the common denominator for interdisciplinary instruction, rather than a theme.

Inservice teachers and administrators will most likely find sections 3 and 4 to be the most useful as they include specific descriptions of the highs and lows of team planning. Several examples of successful units are included. The articles also present ways for guiding and evaluating teams once they have been organized.

The editor believes that "connecting the curriculum via interdisciplinary instruction is not an optional activity for middle level educators--it's mandatory." This excellent publication should help you make this goal a reality in your schools. Reviewed by Robert L. Gilstrap, Professor and Coordinator of Middle Education Programs, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
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Author:Gilstrap, Robert
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 1993
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