Curriculum Integration : Ways Of Learning For The 21st Century
Boyd, S. (2013). Student inquiry and curriculum integration: Ways of learning for the 21st century? (Part B). set. Research Information for Teachers, 1, 3- 11.
Boyd (2013) will provide context for considering the status of curriculum integration [CI] in New Zealand [NZ] education for 21st century learners. The following critical evaluation will be framed through two quotes; “educators need to make more use of inclusive and ‘emergent’ processes such as participatory democracy” (Boyd, 2013, pp. 5) and, learning experiences “aim to support learners to be in the world” (Boyd, 2013, pp. 7). Thus, the points of critique will be; do ‘inclusive and emerging processes’ seen in CI have relevance in 21st century learning in NZ; and how does the CI teaching approach support learners in finding connection to today’s world?
The New Zealand Curriculum [NZC] (Ministry of Education [MOE], 2007) is ‘future-focused’ with intentions to create life-long learners that can problem solve, create knowledge and actively participate in today’s communities (Boyd, 2013; Boyd & Hipkins, 2012). Brough (2012) connects NZC documentation to the democratic rights afforded to children through Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) allowing for student voice to be respected and participation in democratic learning valued. Henceforth, NZC documentation can be…