This paper summarises the results of a three-day workshop conducted between October and December of 2007 as part of a larger project dedicated to improving teacher quality at the pre-service and in-service levels. Both pre- and post-test measures were administered before and after workshop completion in order to capture changes in knowledge, attitude, and perception. For contextual relevance, findings are summarised in light of extant literature pertaining to curriculum integration.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price includes VAT for USA
Subscribe to journal
Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.
This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.
Anfara, V. A., & Lipka, R. P. (2003). Relating the middle school concept to student achievement.Middle School Journal, 35, 24–32.
Beane, J. A. (1990).A middle school curriculum: From rhetoric to reality. Columbus, OH: National School Association.
Beane, J. A. (1993). A middle school curriculum: From rhetoric to reality (2nd ed.). Columbus, OH: National School Association.
Beane, J. A. (1997). Curriculum integration: Designing the core of democratic education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Bolak, K., Bialach, D., & Dunphy, M. (2005). Standards-based, thematic units integrate the arts and energize students and teachers.Middle School Journal, 36, 9–19.
DeCorse, C. B. (1996). Teachers and the integrated curriculum: An intergenerational view.Action in Teacher Education, 18, 85–92.
DeHart, P., & Cook, P. A. (1997). Transforming middle schools through integrated curriculum.Voices From the Middle, 4, 2–6.
Dowden, T. (2007). Relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory curriculum design: Perspective from theory and practice for middle level schooling in Australia.The Australian Educational Researcher, 34(2), 51–71.
Drake, S. M., & Burns, R. (2004).Meeting standards through integrated curriculum. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Erlandson, C., & McVittie, J. (2001). Student Voices on Integrative Curriculum.Middle School Journal, 33(2), 28–36.
Felner, R. D., Jackson, A. W., Kasak, D., Mulhall, P., Brand, S., & Flowers, N. (1997). The impact of school reform for the middle years.Phi Delta Kappan, 78, 528–532, 541-550.
Garet, M. S., Porter, A. C., Desimone, L., Birman, B. F., & Yoon, K. S. (2001). What makes professional development effective? Results from a national sample of teachers.American Education Research Journal, 38, 915–945.
Hartzler, D. (2000). A meta-analysis of studies conducted on integrated curriculum programs and their effects on student achievement. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Hew, K. F., & Brush, T. (2006). Integrating technology into K-12 teaching and learning: current knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research.Educational Technology, Research and Development, 55, 223–252.
Homestead, E. R. (1998). How middle school teachers conceptualize and implement curriculum integration: A study of three cases. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
Jacobs, H. H. (1989).Interdisciplinary curriculum: Design and implementation. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Jacobs, H. H. (1997).Mapping the big picture: Integrating curriculum and assessment K-12. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
MacDougall, B. D. (1997).Instigating the curriculum: A case study of two teachers collaborating on an integrated unit of study. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
McClure, C. T. (2007). Linking the disciplines — and achievement.District Administration, 43, 70–71.
Mertens, S. B., & Flowers, N. (2003). Middle school practices improve student achievement in high poverty schools.Middle School Journal, 35, 33–43.
Mills, R., & Lehman, N. (1996). Curriculum integration: Changing classrooms.Action in Teacher Education, 18, 82–84.
Nolan, P., & McKinnon, D. (2003). Enhancing the middle in a New Zealand secondary school: Integration, experiential learning, and computer use.International Journal of Educational Reform, 12, 230–243.
Penuel, W. R., Fishman, B. J., Yamaguchi, R., & Gallagher, L. P. (2007). What makes professional development effective? Strategies that foster curriculum implementation.American Educational Research Journal, 44, 921–958.
Ross, J. A., & Hogaboam-Gray, A. (1998). Integrating mathematics, science, and technology: Effects on students.International Journal of Science Education, 20, 1119–1135.
Ross, J., & Bruce, C. (2007). Professional development effects on teacher efficacy: Results of a randomized field trial.The Journal of Educational Research, 101, 50–60, 64.
Shaunessy, E. (2005). Assessing and addressing teachers’ attitudes toward information technology in the classroom.Gifted Child Today, 28, 45–53.
Siegel, S., & Castellan, N. J. (1988).Nonparametric statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.
Smith, L. K., & Southerland, S. A. (2007). Reforming practice or modifying reforms? Elementary teachers’ response to the tools of reform.Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44, 396–423.
Teo, H. H., & Wei, K. K. (2001). Effective use of computer aided instruction in secondary schools: A causal model of institutional factors and teachers’ roles.Journal of educational Computing Research, 25, 385–415.
Toren, Z., Maiselman, D., & Inbar, S. (2008). Curriculum integration: Art, literature and technology in pre-service kindergarten teacher training.Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(4), 327–333.
Tunks, J., & Neapolitan, J. (2007).A framework for research on professional development school. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
Vars, G. F. (1996). The effects of interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction. In P. S. Hlebowitsh & W. G. Wraga (Eds.),Annual review of research for school leaders (pp. 147–164). Jefferson City, MO: Scholastic.
Vars, G. F. (1997). Effects of integrative curriculum and instruction. In J. L. Irvin (Ed.),What current research says to the middle level practitioner (pp. 179–186). Columbus, OH: National Middle School Assocation.
Vars, G. F. (2001). Can curriculum integration survive in an era of high-stakes testing?Middle School Journal, 33, 7–17.
Wiersma, W., & Jurs, S. G. (2009).Research Methods in Education: An Introduction (9th ed). Boston, MA: Person.
Weilbacher, G. (2001). Is curriculum integration an endangered species?Middle School Journal, 33, 18–27.
Wixson, K. K., Dutro, E., & Athan, R. G. (2003). The challenge of developing content standards.Review of Research in Education, 27, 69–109.
About this article
Cite this article
Shriner, M., Schlee, B.M. & Libler, R. Teachers’ perceptions, attitudes and beliefs regarding curriculum integration. Aust. Educ. Res. 37, 51–62 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03216913
- Professional Development
- Subject Area
- Professional Development Activity
- Curriculum Integration
- Australian Educational Researcher