Following is a list of resources and Web links that parents and prospective parents may find useful to further understand the learning process at Staten Island Academy.
Note: These descriptions come directly from the website of the respective organization. Click the link to visit the website and learn more.
Learning and Teaching
Constructivism is the label given to a set of theories about learning which fall somewhere between cognitive and humanistic views. If behaviorism treats the organism as a black box, cognitive theory recognizes the importance of the mind in making sense of the material with which it is presented. Nevertheless, it still presupposes that the role of the learner is primarily to assimilate whatever the teacher presents. Constructivism — particularly in its "social" forms — suggests that the learner is much more actively involved in a joint enterprise with the teacher of creating ("constructing") new meanings.
Integrated Curriculum Guide
Connect for Education
Integrated curriculum is a way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make learning more meaningful to students. The idea is to teach around themes, or "organizing centers" that students can identify with, such as "The Environment," "Life in School," or more traditional areas like "Myths and Legends." Major concepts are culled from these broad themes, and activities are planned that teach or inform of these concepts. For example, in a unit entitled "the Environment," students might learn about the concept of conservation through starting their own recycling program, conduct a campaign for environmental awareness, or a survey of which local businesses advocate conservation.
An Inquiry Primer
by Alan Colburn
The science education community has embraced no idea more widely than “inquiry,” or “inquiry-based instruction.” In fact, developing an inquiry-based science program is the central tenet of the National Science Education Standards. Similarly, Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy discusses scientific inquiry throughout, and even devotes a section to the topic.