Science Teaching – Innovative Practices in Germany

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Science Teaching – Innovative Practices in Germany
Science Teaching
– Innovative Practices
in Germany
International MARCH Workshop Lithuania March 24th/25th 2015
The Situation in Germany
•  educational federalism
•  16 federal states, 16 educational systems
•  constant discussion about national
standards
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Critique
Cooperation between the federal
government and federal states has been
banned since 2006. Most experts say this
was a great mistake. The German
Parliament now wants to untighten the ban.
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STEM (German: MINT)
Initiatives in Germany
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great number of iniatives
overviews (MINT-Meter, MINT-Atlas)
offers for teachers (e.g. teaching material)
offers for students (e.g. competitions, labs)
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MINT Zukunft schaffen
•  association founded by the Confederation
of German Employers and the Federation
of German Industry
•  STEM-friendly schools, STEM
ambassadors, MINT-Meter, prizes,
conferences, “Political Vision for 2015”, …
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Komm, mach MINT. (Go MINT)
National Pact for Women in STEM Careers
launched in 2008 at the instigation of the Federal
Ministry for Education and Research, part of the
federal government qualification initiative
180 partners (politics, business, science, media)
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MINT EC
•  nationwide network of excellence for
schools with a STEM focus, founded by
the employer association
•  programme for students and teachers
(camps, trainings, conferences, …)
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Nationales MINT Forum
•  association of 31 institutions
•  work groups: educational policy
recommendations, interbranch quality
standards, grant projects, …
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Telekom Foundation
•  one of the biggest corporate foundations
in Germany (endowment capital: €150m)
•  talent development, scholarships, teacher
training, prizes, programmes, research, …
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MNU
•  association of STEM teachers aiming to
improve STEM education
•  founded in 1891
•  network, trainings, events, publications, …
for STEM teachers
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Awards for STEM Teachers
Schulpreis MINT von morgen, Ideen bewegen, Innovative
MINT-Unterrichtsideen, Klaus-von-Klitzing-Preis,
Archimedes-Preis, Johannes-Kühnel-Preis, HelmholtzLehrerpreis, Robert-Boyle-Preis, Eduard-StrasburgerPreis, Leonardo-da-Vinci-Preis, Friedrich-Wöhler-Preis,
Johannes-Kepler-Preis, Ursula Hill-Samelson-Lehrerpreis,
Wilhelm-Schickard-Förderpreis, ... International MARCH Workshop Lithuania March 24th/25th 2015
What are the distinguished
teachers doing right?
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participating in competitions with their students
cooperating with universities and research
institutions
exploring expeditions, individual research work,
etc.
establishing labs, laptop classes, etc. at their school
integrating modern technology in their classes
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Flip the Classroom
The idea: Instead of getting information
input from the teacher and then doing
homework all alone, students watch
learning videos at home and then do
exercises together at school.
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LEIFI Physik
The idea: A teacher analysed every sequel
from “The Big Bang Theory” and uses the
video material to enthuse students for
physics problems.
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QuantumLab
The idea: Students get introduced to
quantum physics by participating in
interactive experiments online.
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Offers from out-of-school
Institutions
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extra science expertise
state of the art in science and innovation
insight into the occupational field of science
extra resources
out-of-school feedback and recognition
ideas for school projects
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Junior Science Café
•  students chose a topic and organise an
event where an expert visits the school
•  a programme by Telekom Foundation
and Wissenschaft im Dialog
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Junior Doktor
students register for the programme and can
then participate in several events at science
institutions and answer questions, after the 7th
event they receive their ‘PhD’
a programme by “Dresden Stadt der
Wissenschaften” (“Dresden City of Science”)
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Jugend forscht
biggest STEM competition for students in
Europe
categories: biology, physics, chemistry,
mathematics/computer sciences, technology,
geo sciences, working environment
founded in 1965 by journalist Henri Nannen
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Junior-Ingenieur-Akademie
•  2-year-programme for grades 8 & 9,
integrated into the curriculum
•  70 schools participating in Germany
•  programme by Telekom Foundation, many
local partners
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Ideas from the National
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internal student competition
project day(s)
reverse mentoring: students teach teachers
out-of-school activity, actively shaping the
town picture
video project
creating a project website
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Inclusive Education
A field report
from Jürgen Kuhne & Julius Wittlich,
Freie Waldorfschule Kreuzberg (Berlin)
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Thank you for your attention.
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