What is the difference between Parallel and Infusion curriculum integration?

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What is the difference between Parallel and Infusion curriculum integration? 

Nov 6th, 2014

1. Parallel Curriculum Integration

In this situation, teachers from different subject areas focus on the same theme with varying assignments. A classic example of this involves integrating the curriculum between American Literature and American History courses. For example, an English teacher might teach "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller while an American History teacher teaches about the Salem Witch Trials. By combining the two lessons, students can see how historical events can shape future drama and literature. The benefit of this type of instruction is that teachers maintain a high degree over their daily lesson plans. The only real coordination is on the timing of the material. However issues can arise when unexpected interruptions cause one of the classes to fall behind.

2. Infusion Curriculum Integration

This type of integration occurs when a teacher 'infuses' other subjects into daily lessons. For example, a science teacher might discuss the Manhattan Project, the atomic bomb, and the end of World War II when teaching about splitting the atom and atomic energy in a science class. No longer would a discussion about splitting atoms be purely theoretical. Instead, students can learn the real world consequences of atomic warfare. The benefit of this type of curriculum integration is that the subject area teacher maintains complete control over the material taught. There is no coordination with other teachers and therefore no fear of unexpected interruptions. Further, the integrated material specifically relates to the information being taugh

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