Exploring Integration

Definition and Context- Integrated Learning

Students build and demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding “when they can bring together concepts, methods, or languages from two or more disciplines or established areas of expertise in order to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question in ways that would have been unlikely through single disciplinary means.”  

-Veronica Boix Mansilla — who, with Howard Gardner, co-founded the Interdisciplinary Studies Project at Project Zero


  • What is your interpretation of integrated learning?
  • What are the benefits for students?
  • What are the challenges to teaching in this way?

Integrative learning is the process of making connections among concepts and experiences so that information and skills can be applied to novel and complex issues or challenges (from: https://www.ithaca.edu/icc/what_is_it/).


Inquiry Questions – Integrated Learning: Art and Science

  • What is the importance of intent when exploring ideas?
  • How is playful exploration important when expanding ideas?
  • How does research allow for formation of and change in ideas?
  • Do we have an obligation to future generations to change the way we are impacting the planet?
  • What do you think art has to teach scientists?
  • What does science have to teach artists?
  • How do images make people react differently than statistics or graphs?


“Big Ideas”/Concepts for Understanding – Integrated Learning: Art and Science

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What is at the heart of both art and science? Wonder and inquiry.



Consider the scientific, creative, and design processes.

  • How are these processes similar?
  • How are these processes different?
  • What is the importance of knowing these processes?