Students see learning as being connected across the disciplines, to the “real world,” and to their own lives.
Skill acquisition is enhanced when students see learning as connected to real-life situations, and when they see the various subject areas as interconnected. The quest for efficiency of production during the industrial revolution led to a departmentalization of instruction into various subject areas. Math, science, language arts, social studies, art, music, and the like were (and in many cases still are) viewed as separate, disconnected subjects. In reality, we are faced with situations daily that require us to apply skills across the disciplines. Students need to see that the subject areas are interconnected. They also need to see the connection of what they learn (for example, a past civil war) to today’s society (for example, divisions among people living in the same geographic area today).