Integrated didactics: an example of a curriculum model enhancing knowledge crossing

C. Gonçalves, António Almeida, Margarida Rodrigues, Alfredo Dias

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In this paper, we introduce an innovative course in the Portuguese Context, the Master's Course in "Integrated Didactics in Mother Tongue, Maths, Natural and Social Sciences", taking place at the Lisbon School of Education and discussing in particular the results of the evaluation made by the students who attended the Curricular Unit - Integrated Didactics (CU-ID). This course was designed for in-service teachers of the first six years of schooling and intends to improve connections between different curriculum areas. In this paper, we start to present a few general ideas about curriculum development; to discuss the concept of integration; to present the principles and objectives of the course created as well as its structure; to describe the methodology used in the evaluation process of the above mentioned CU-ID.

The results allow us to state that the students recognized, as positive features of the CU-ID, the presence in all sessions of two teachers simultaneously from different scientific areas, as well as invitations issued to specialists on the subject of integration and to other teachers that already promote forms of integration in schools. As negative features, students noted a lack of integrated purpose, applying simultaneously the four scientific areas of the course, and also indicated the need to be familiar with more models of integrated education. Consequently, the suggestions for improvement derived from these negative features. The students also considered that their evaluation process was correct, due to the fact that it was focused on the design of an integrated project for one of the school years already mentioned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICERI2015 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationth International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Seville, Spain. 18-20 November, 2015.
EditorsL. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres
Place of PublicationSeville
PublisherInternational Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-84-608-2657-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation - Seville, Spain
Duration: 18 Nov 201520 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameICERI2015 Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2340-1095


Conference8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation


  • higher education
  • curriculum models
  • knowledge integration
  • curriculum evaluation


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