Integration of the Curriculum
Across the Disciplines

Sequenced Model

Topics and units are taught independently, but they are arranged and sequenced to provide a framework for related concepts.

Teachers arrange topics so that similar units articulate. For example, a graphing unit can coincide with data collection in a weather unit. In higher education, the teacher could plan units so that students can study the stock market in a math class at the same time that these same students are studying the Depression in their history class.

In order for this type of integration to take place, it is often necessary that the teachers in both classes plan the sequence of their units so that they will be synchronized. This may mean that the teachers will need to change the sequence of topics contained in the courses textbooks.

"The textbook is not a moral contract that teachers are obliged to teach...teachers are obliged to teach [students]."
                                              ---John Adams