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Wade Tillett

In: The SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education

Chapter 12: Integrated, Holistic, and Core Subject Matters

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Integrated, Holistic, and Core Subject Matters
Integrated, holistic, and core subject matters
Wade Tillett

Integrated, holistic, and core subject matters permeate the experience of a learner as she or he interacts with the world. Learning is not an exterior set of knowledge. Rather, it is a process by which the learner explores the self and the world. The curriculum is not organized around a preset linear progression based on academic disciplines. Rather, it evokes questions that are worthwhile for students to explore. Because of this, the curriculum emerges each time differently, based on specific learners, schools, communities, and/or events. Integrated, holistic, and core curriculum can be traced back to the educational philosophy of John Dewey (1897, 1916, 1938). Dewey (1931) warned that one of the greatest ...

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