Big Idea - Horizontal Alignment

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In 1899 John Dewey wrote, "Relate the school to life, and all studies are of necessity correlated."

Ideally students take what they have learned in school and apply it on the job, at home, in their communities, and in further studies. Research suggests that students are more successful at doing this when instruction explicitly emphasizes the process of transfer by using real world context (Bransford, et al, 2000).

The ability for students to be able to transfer learning from one setting to another is key.

In this section, we explore horizontal alignment - the integration of standards and curriculum across disciplines.


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