Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
This descriptive study researched the benefits of implementing thematic units as an effective curricular approach to aid in developing and opening the minds of students, parents, teachers, and administration to the possibilities of kingdom transformation and kingdom discipleship. More importantly, this paper focused on the creation of evaluation rubrics in aiding schools in fulfilling their mission statements.
The literature review examined three things: research on the benefits of using an integrated curriculum, background information on Reformed thinking on education, and information on the use of rubrics and school accountability concerning worldview development.
The results found that thematic units are a teaching strategy that creates a dynamic curriculum. Thematic units will challenge teachers to rethink curriculum from a view of curriculum as a "static list of facts" to be learned or topics to be mastered to a curriculum where students will see the wholeness of God's creation and gain a clearer vision of Reformed worldview and an awareness of and a better understanding of living lives of kingdom discipleship.
Schuller, James M., "Evaluating Thematic Units to Build Reformed Worldview" (2006). Master of Education Program Theses. 15.