Reinforcement of Education



The main challenges of a world that is changing faster than ever - especially the employment situation and economic stability - require the modernization and reinforcement of education.

In 2015 the conference of ministers for the arts and culture in Germany has decided on a strategy to promote high-ability students. To explain its objective it specifies: “The individualization of learning processes means that all students should encounter the learning conditions that will enable them to develop their potentials in the best possible way and will give them the best education possible according to their individual academic potential.” To detect these potentials and to promote them with stimuli and support will be a challenging task. Schools will need to know how to employ the means of a selective diagnosis as well as of a wide range of incentives and to know when to offer an authentic backing. This is the context in which we locate and start our project.

The promotion of the field of MINT (an innovative group of school subjects covering mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology comparable to the academic discipline of STEM) in higher secondary schools is one of the central tasks of education to improve students’ competitiveness in science and technology development. Talented and interested students must discover and develop their skills both in the classroom and in supplementary courses. Therefore, the core of our project is to disclose and to encourage opportunities for schools in the aspect of improving the employability of their students. By way of exchanging and sharing best practice examples and other educational experiences, the curricula of schools can be extended and defined more accurately. This will ensure a sustainable quality improvement of our schools in general as well as the teaching activities in particular. The project aims at improving the targeted skills of school administrations, teachers, students and educational partners and in the long run will have implications for the workforce development as well.

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A globalized economy today characterizes our European professional routine and labour market in many ways. Germany is one of the leading exporting countries of Europe and the world. Our federal state is considered to be one of the motors of technical innovation with a very high demand for skilled workers. Adopting the "Europe 2020 strategy" for growth and jobs, we share the conviction that high professional qualification, lifelong learning, good foreign language skills and intercultural competences facilitate our graduates to enter a professional career. Therefore, we feel the need to align our educational systems better to the demands of the modern labour market. Especially in higher school education, gifted students must be fostered individually at an early stage to increase their capacity and professionalism to work on a European and international level. In an academic secondary school such as the Wieland-Gymnasium there are many (hidden) talents in the area of MINT to be found and encouraged to start a career in this field. Our project aims to meet the specific needs of students and teachers such as higher motivation for an esteemed subject, better didactic approaches, attractive learning, teaching and training activities, as well as gaining in language and communication proficiencies.

Our project name , EXRECO, is the acronym of the key aspects we want to develop: explore (EX), research (RE) and communicate (CO). The central aim of this project is to compare and interchange pedagogical and didactic concepts in the area of MINT together with the partner schools in the course of best practice, to improve them and to develop innovative approaches in education and training in order to give students (and teachers) a more modern, dynamic and professional environment. This applies to subject teaching in Germany and our partners’ countries as well as the specific supplementary courses of the schools. We will share our experiences in the form of a written online documentation and teacher training workshops in the countries of our partner schools. Accordingly, target groups of the project are students (as experts of learning/studying), teachers (as experts of teaching/instructing), departments (as experts of coping with the specific needs of their faculties), headmasters (as experts of the school organization), universities and colleges (as experts of the academic and practical studies), and the educational partners (as experts of the real world of work and profession).

In order to achieve the best and most sustainable results we will have to modernize the communication possibilities and the ICT teaching of our school. Therefore, the schools will apply for local and national support for innovative use of media devices along with the necessary teacher training courses.

Active collaboration between European partners is profitable and productive, because it expands the national and regional horizon. The opportunity to look beyond the national borders leads to the knowledge and implementation of new pedagogical and didactical approaches, of which both students and teachers sustainably benefit. Experience has shown that the integration of aspects of different school structures, education plans and priorities helps to develop the schools. The labour market for our youth must be seen increasingly in the European context, so that  school solutions have to include a European orientation. In all participating countries as well as in the whole of Europe the lack of specialists in the area of MINT (STEM) is notable, and therefore it is mandatory to encourage talented students to start a career in this field. With regard to an ongoing globalization and internationalization, intercultural skills are increasingly in demand, and should be acquired at secondary schools before starting university or career. Besides, using a foreign language (such as English and Spanish for our students) as a means of communication in real situations does not only add up to the learning progress but is in itself a significant motivational impetus. On the individual level we expect our students to get an increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship along with a greater understanding and responsiveness to social, cultural and linguistic diversity, thus improving their levels of skills for employability in general. Additionally, there is to be hoped for a more active participation in society and a more positive attitude towards the European idea and values.

EXRECO: detecting talents and exploring different learning approaches in the area of MINT, arousing the students’ interest in research and development, exchanging ideas on a transnational level and disseminating mutual findings and experiences is more essential than ever in terms of a diverse but joint Europe.
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Project Abstract

The main goal of our project EXRECO -  Explore, research, communicate - is to encourage students at upper secondary schools in the field of MINT (STEM).

In accordance to the conference of ministers for the arts and culture in Germany, the goal of our project is to detect talented and interested young people with a tendency to natural sciences both in the classroom and in supplementary courses. The participating schools together with the external partners, the universities and educational partners) exchange experiences and offers for teaching plans (best practise). They collabarate and develop an overall concept for the school development. Target groups of the project are headteachers, staff and educational partners; students interested in the MINT/STEM subjects are the key target group of this project. They are at the same time beneficiaries, learners and instructors (as mentors for younger students). During the project they can share their ideas and summarize their experiences. Results are being documented on this project platform.

"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." (Paulo Coelho)
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Picture: Teachers from five participating schools at the meeting with the mayor of Biberach, Norbert Zeidler (bottom right).

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