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Integrative learning occurs when students make connections among ideas and experiences in order to transfer learning to new contexts. The Association of American Colleges and Universities
notes that integrative learning asks students to examine their experiences “across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.”
College Made Whole: Integrative Learning for a Divided World (2019), Chris W. Gallagher argues it’s the responsibility of instructors and institutions to regularly incorporate opportunities for students to connect and synthesize their learning.
Gallagher provides a few strategies that can be adapted to many learning contexts in order to help students regularly connect and synthesize their knowledge and therefore promote integrative learning (69-70, 118-119):
At DePaul, integrative learning is measured by a student's ability to connect and synthesize and connect new ideas within their discipline, outside their discipline, and to life outside the University.
Making use of professional journals or resources in your career field, research and examine four to six significant creative changes within your career field of interest that have occurred in the last 10-15 years. Then, write an analytical paper in which you examine and reflect on those creative changes. Your paper should:
What is your epistemology? Using class readings as a guide, decide which epistemology best fits the way you see the world, incorporating citations from major texts in the field. Analyze the ways in which our course readings, and the content of other courses within this program, have impacted your definition of epistemology.
Then, select one of the two options below:
Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010).
How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Association of American Colleges and Universities. (n.d.)
Integrative and Applied Learning VALUE Rubric.
Gallagher, C. (2019.)
College Made Whole: Integrative Learning for a Divided World. Johns Hopkins University Press.