Integrative and Interdisciplinary Curriculum in the Middle School: Integrated Approaches in Teacher Preparation and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Integrative and Interdisciplinary Curriculum in the Middle School

Integrated Approaches in Teacher Preparation and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa Harrison, Ellis Hurd, Kathleen Brinegar


174 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Originally published as a special issue of the Middle School Journal, this book presents integrative curriculum as a foundational element of the middle school.

By addressing the current gap in literature on curriculum integration in the middle grades, this text explores how learning can be organized around authentic concepts or questions which cut across disciplines and speak to young adolescents. Providing a current, nuanced, and comprehensive review of what it means to embrace and implement an interdisciplinary and integrative curriculum, the volume considers how educators can create and deliver a high-quality integrative curriculum which is enjoyable, challenging, and inclusive. Examples of implementation in teacher preparation programs and middle grade classrooms showcase integrative approaches and illustrate how curricula have been key in tackling social inequities, increasing engagement with STEM, and supporting collaboration.

This text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics and libraries in the field of Middle School Education, Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education, Theories of Learning, and STEM Education.

Table of Contents


Lisa M. Harrison, Ellis Hurd, and Kathleen M. Brinegar


1. The Responsible Change Project: Building a Justice-Oriented Middle School

Curriculum through Critical Service-Learning

Heather Coffey and Steve Fulton

2. Middle School Curriculum Aimed at Developing Agents of Change

Michelle Rupenthal and Shelly Furuness

3. An Intervention to Support Mathematics Self-Efficacy in Middle School

Lia D. Falco

4. Using Claims and Evidence to Support the Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Teacher Reflections Following an Interdisciplinary English–Science Argumentation Unit

Ryan Summers, Kathy Rodems, Sharlene Denos, and Amy Atkinson


5. Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Using Poetry to Integrate Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

William P. Bintz and Gumiko Monobe

6. Rethinking Content Teaching at the Middle Level: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Kelly M. Moser, Jessica Ivy, and Peggy F. Hopper

7. A Community and Place-Based Approach to Middle Childhood Science Teacher Education

Danielle Dani

About the Editors

Lisa Harrison is Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the Patton College of Education at Ohio University, US.

Ellis Hurd is Professor of Teaching and Learning at the College of Education, Illinois State University, US.

Kathleen Brinegar is Associate Professor of Education at Northern Vermont University, US.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula