As an educator for young children, I am interested how interdisciplinary approaches can be utilized in children’s learning. Because Interdisciplinary Studies approaches integrate multiple perspectives to gain insight, I thought about how certain children’s activities apply this concept.
Children’s Literature and Interdisciplinary Instruction is very much related to our multiple perspective approach. The article is about a Taiwanese teacher’s web project that became an interest to other educators in Taiwan. After the Taiwanese Ministry of Education introduced National Children’s Reading Movement, Su-Yen Chen created a lesson plan that integrated various domains of curriculum to support students’ learning highly advanced. http://www.readingonline.org/articles/chen/
One of the books that were used to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework was “Coming from Tibet” (Li, 1992). The story describes the exciting experiences of a few urban girls who have the opportunity to live in the Tibetan highlands for several years.
The lesson is divided into several concepts such as problem solving, the Tibetan life style, the Tibetan Highland, and the prose style. Each concept is extended with learning activities. For example, the Tibetan life style is introduced to students by discussing about Tibetan food, dress, housing, transportation, and social customs. Then the children read the story. Finally the teacher allows children to prepare a historical drama “The Wedding of Prince Wen Chen”. Through this activity, students are involved with social studies, music, fine arts, reading and writing, and history in interdisciplinary instruction.
This interdisciplinary approach through children’s literature was surveyed among teachers. A 100% of teachers who responded to the survey agreed that they will try to use literature for interdisciplinary instruction. As we all agreed, interdisciplinary studies promote our needs. We all have beliefs on integration that allows us to pursue higher education, and some children’s curricula can be designed with complex domains that will encourage their learning tremendously.