Cross-curricular teaching involves application of knowledge and principles to more than one academic discipline simultaneously. The disciplines may be related through a central theme, issue, problem, process, topic, or experience. The organizational structure of interdisciplinary/cross-curricular teaching is called a theme, which is a framework with outcomes that specify what students are expected to learn.
There are two levels of integration that schools go through: The first is integration of the language arts (listening, speaking, reading, writing, thinking) ; the second involves a much broader kind of integration, one in which a theme begins to encompass all curricular areas.
Interdisciplinary/cross-curricular teaching is often seen as a way to address some of the recurring problems in education, such as fragmentation and isolated skill instruction. It is seen as a way to support goals such as transfer of learning, teaching students to think and reason, and providing a curriculum more relevant to students .
Cross-Curricular Teaching: Applies, Integrates, and Transfers Knowledge
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, while students are learning the basic information in core subject areas, they are not learning to apply their knowledge effectively in thinking and reasoning.
Cross-curricular teaching provides a meaningful way in which students can use knowledge learned in one context as a knowledge base in other contexts in and out of school .
Many of the important concepts, strategies, and skills taught are "portable”. They transfer readily to other content areas. The concept of perseverance, for example, may be found in literature and science. Strategies for monitoring comprehension can be directed to reading material in any content area. Cause-and-effect relationships exist in literature, science, and social studies. Cross-curricular teaching supports and promotes this transfer. Critical thinking can be applied in any discipline.
Hence Cross Curricular links is an important area of thought in today’s education and effectively being practiced in our school.