What Is an Integrated Approach in Teaching?

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Integrated learning incorporates multiple subjects, which are usually taught separately, in an interdisciplinary method of teaching. The goal is to help students remain engaged and draw from multiple sets of skills, experiences and sources to aid and accelerate the learning process.

The term integrative learning was coined by Jerry Perez de Tagle in 1986 at Syracuse University. Since its inception, integrative learning has been shown in several studies to improve understanding, particularly in science and language arts. Some teachers use music, gestures, dance, storytelling and games as a means to help students remember and use their lessons and developing skills.