Integrative learning is the “art of making, recognizing, and evaluating sound, meaningful connections across different concepts, cases, or experiences.” Integrative learning has been distinguished as the ultimate aim of higher education because today’s college graduates encounter increasingly complex systems and workplaces, emerging sciences at the boundaries of previously separate disciplines, and multi-layered societal issues. Thus, integrative thinking has become a necessary skill for the twenty-first century.
In this workshop, Dr. Hooper constructs a model of integrative learning from a synthesis of several definitions of integrative learning, subject-centered and transformative learning. She examines the foundational connection between integrative learning, critical thinking, and interprofessional education. She offers simple strategies for infusing integrative learning in the classroom.