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Educational words and phrases that are compatible with integrative learning include student-centered learning, critical thinking, active learning, experiential education, constructivism, and inquiry-based learning. While each has its own emphasis, as does integrative learning, all are about students being actively engaged in constructing knowledge and skills (versus passive listeners taking notes at a lecture). The emphasis is on the instructor as the “guide on the side” (versus a “sage on the stage”).

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  • Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain (pdf) by Mary Taylor Huber and Pat Hutchings
    Seminal article on integrative learning in higher education published by AAC&U, 2004.
  • Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Critical Reflection for Workplace Competencies (pdf) by Phil Gardner, Linda Gross, and Inge Steglitz
    While the article focuses on study abroad and emphasizes students' ability to articulate their experiences to future employers, it provides in-depth examples of helping students relate their experiences to broader concepts which can be used in relation to any type of beyond-the-classroom experience (particularly see pp. 7-9).
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