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The InTeGrate Materials Development Rubric: A Framework and Process for Developing Curricular Materials that Meet Ambitious Goals

  • David SteerEmail author
  • Ellen R. Iverson
  • Anne E. Egger
  • Kim A. Kastens
  • Cathryn A. Manduca
  • David McConnell
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Part of the AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series book series (AESS)

Abstract

We designed and tested a curriculum development and auditing methodology for the Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. That process was driven and facilitated by a written rubric for curriculum development. Materials developers participated in workshops to prepare them to write and revise their materials in accordance with the rubric and were guided by an assessment consultant. Other assessment team members independently audited (reviewed) the materials before they could be tested with students. Curriculum developers encountered the most difficulty meeting criteria related to metacognition, grading rubrics, writing learning outcomes and objectives, and linking and aligning materials across the curriculum. Changes to the professional development program improved teams’ abilities to meet those standards. We found the development rubric and process to be an effective methodology for developing materials addressing grand challenges facing society.

Keywords

Curriculum development Rubric Professional development InTeGrate Backward design 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) collaboration between the Directorates for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and Geosciences (GEO) under grant DUE-1125331.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The authors thank the InTeGrate module development teams and the InTeGrate Assessment Team members for their hard work and patience in pioneering a new system of peer-supported materials development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Steer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ellen R. Iverson
    • 2
  • Anne E. Egger
    • 3
  • Kim A. Kastens
    • 4
  • Cathryn A. Manduca
    • 2
  • David McConnell
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesThe University of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.Science Education Resource Center, Carleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA
  3. 3.Geological Sciences and Science EducationCentral Washington UniversityEllensburgUSA
  4. 4.Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth ObservatoryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric SciencesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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