Education Scotland states that interdisciplinary learning: “enables teachers and learners to make connections across learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum. It supports the use and application of what has been taught and learned in new and different ways. It provides opportunities for deepening learning, for example through answering big questions, exploring an issue, solving problems or completing a final project.”
The importance of interdisciplinary learning as one of the 4 contexts for learning is highlighted by this quotation. Education Scotland has just published assessment and moderation exemplar materials which show how teachers carefully select a relevant and related “bundle” of experiences and outcomes. These exemplars (click here to view the collection) provide an assessment overview of the significant aspects of learning being developed in one subject area, but almost always show the teacher making a type 1 connection between one or more subject areas and/or with the cross-cutting themes of Curriculum for Excellence.. Click here to see how E & Os within HWB & LIT were linked at early level. Click here to see how higher order reading skills were integrated with contexts for learning at first level. To see how modern language vocubulary skills and thinking skills within literacy were linked at second level, click here. To explore how RME & Buddhism were linked to modern life at third level, click here. These do not prescribe the way these things must be done – they simply show how teachers have planned, delivered and assessed linked learning for their pupils. They may act as useful examples of very focused IDL which provides breadth, challenge and/or application opportunities for pupils.
Click here to view a new set of resources about life in medieval Scotland published by Education Scotland. The ‘People of Medieval Scotland’ resource materials and learning journeys are the result of a collaboration between scholars at the University of Glasgow and school teachers and Education Scotland officials in a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Education Scotland. The resources and supporting documents have been produced by Joanna Tucker from the University of Glasgow, with Dr John Reuben Davies and Professor Dauvit Broun. They provide valuable and reliable source material and ideas to support interdisciplinary learning linked to the medieval Scotland context.
Click here to view the thirty-two sources which can be used at all levels. These aim to make the lives of people living in medieval Scotland more accessible to practitioners and learners.
Click here to see examples of practitioners’ learning journeys (for pupils at every level) using these resources. Click to view a plan of 3 learning experiences linked to the reign of John Balliol. This second-third level learning journey bundles experiences and outcome across social studies, literacy and health and well-being.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/CcdLzAvF5UQ" width="425" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /] Graeme Logan and Joanne McLauchlan of Education Scotland broadcast a Glow TV session in December 2012 which offers useful guidance on interdisciplinary learning. Although aimed at primary schools, much of the advice is valuable in helping us shape effective planning, teaching and assessment of IDL within our schools. Click on the image at the start of this post to watch a You Tube video presentation summary of this session produced by Yvonne McBlain. Alternatively, click here to link to the National Primary IDL Glow group where you can watch the full recording of this session. Click this document to see some reflective questions which may help you self-evaluate your practice while you watch these presentations.