Potential Benefits and Barriers to Integration

Sherry L. Meier, Marsha Nicol, Georgia Cobbs

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The rhetoric surrounding integration of mathematics and science abounds. Professional organizations’ standards and recommendations for reform in mathematics and science education each point out the need to make connections among various disciplines. However, some remain unconvinced, citing a lack of research supporting the assertion that integration improves student achievement. This article examines the current situation, discusses the growing body of related research, and examines the implementation issues related to integrated curriculum projects. The conclusion calls for mathematics and science educators to work collaboratively to address implementation issues surrounding reform of any kind and to explore further the possibilities of integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-447
Number of pages10
JournalSchool Science and Mathematics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1998


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