What is Integrative Learning?
Fostering students abilities to integrate learningacross courses, over time, and between campus and community lifeis one of the most important goals and challenges of higher education. The undergraduate experience can be a fragmented landscape of general education courses, preparation for the major, co-curricular activities, and the real world beyond the campus. But an emphasis on integrative learning can help undergraduates put the pieces together and develop habits of mind that prepare them to make informed judgments in the conduct of personal, professional, and civic life. http://www.aacu.org/integrative_learning/pdfs/ILP_Statement.pdf
What Literature is There on Integrative Learning?
Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain, by Mary Taylor Huber and Pat Hutchings. http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/sites/default/files/publications/elibrary_pdf_636.pdf
Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience, American College Personnel Association and the National Association for College Student Personnel Administrators. Learning Reconsidered is an argument for the integrated use of all of higher education's resources in the education and preparation of the whole student. This is a co-published publication between ACPA and NASPA. http://www.myacpa.org/pub/documents/LearningReconsidered.pdf
Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus- Wide Focus on the Student Experience, Published by ACPA, ACUHO-I, ACUI, NACADA, NACA, NASPA, and NIRSA. Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus- Wide Focus on the Student Experience is a blueprint for action. It shows how to create the dialogue, tools, and materials necessary to put into practice the recommendations in Learning Reconsidered. This companion book brings together new authors, discipline-specific examples, and models for applying the theories in the original publication to move beyond traditional ideas of separate learning inside and outside the classroom.
How Do I Help Students to Integrate Their Learning?
Integrative learning does not just happen--though it may come more easily for some than for others. Whether one is talking about making connections within a major, between fields, between curriculum and co-curriculum, or between academic knowledge and practice, integrative learning requires work. Of course, students must play the most important role in making this happen, but their success depends in large part on commitment and creativity from everyone involved. Strategic sites for innovation include recasting the curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and faculty development, all with fostering integrative learning in mind. http://gallery.carnegiefoundation.org/ilp/uploads/curriculum_copy.pdf