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Since the late 1990s, it has been the practice in Germany that decisions in educational policy and educational administration should primarily be subject to evidence in terms of reliable empirical data. This article presents new empirical findings concerning the way in which the reception and processing of educational scientific evidence is currently carried out. Relating to an explorative study that consists of 12 qualitative interviews with ministerial personnel in four German school ministries, the findings generally indicate that evidence-based educational policy in Germany is less a matter of paying lip service, but rather increasingly becoming common practice.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
Transition to secondary school implies basic changes in social, instructional and organisational aspects of school life which afford the pupils’ adjustment. As transition takes place at a predictable point in time, children develop expectations about the start at their new school. In order to analyse predictors and consequences of these expectations 870 German children filled in a questionnaire assessing transition expectations, grades in mathematics and language, academic self-concept, and school dislike. Achievement tests were administered, too.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
This paper presents a brief analysis of teacher education in five European countries: Italy, Germany, England, Sweden and Finland. The responses given by each country are different. However, two tendencies emerge: on the one hand, the English model, which seeks to make a teacher a faithful executor with regard to centrally decided learning objectives; on the other, the Nordic model that conceives the teacher as a 'fully-fledged' professional. From the point of view of the sustainability and of the safeguard of the educative mission of the school, the Nordic model presents some advantages when compared to the English model.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
The paper analyzes the different factors exerting an influence on the professional knowledge, practices and performance of teaching staff involved in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The author focuses particularly on the professional reality of vocational teachers as made manifest in the conjoined elements of the knowledge of teachers and professional cultures. He shows how closely teacher education and the institutional contexts are entwined in the minds of teachers as well as in professional cultures.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2009
Getting The Fish Out of The Water: Considering Benefits and Problems of Doing Research on Teacher Education at An International Level
In this article, the authors focus in particular on the understanding of three main components of teacher education: mathematics, mathematics pedagogy and general pedagogy. They also juxtapose two extreme models: Germany and the US.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009
The usage of portfolio methods to document professional development in teaching is increasing in Germany, but despite its proliferation, the issue of how the effects of portfolio methods can be determined has received little attention. In this two-part study, the attitudes of both pre-service teachers and teacher educators toward portfolio are investigated and an attempt is made to identify the effects of portfolio on the competences and attitudes of the pre-service teachers. Results suggest that the efficiency of the portfolio method depends both on personal competences and on the framing within the training program.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009
Following the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment for Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research founded the capital investment program ‘Future Education and Care’ as a federal measure to support the expansion of all-day schooling in Germany. During this process it became obvious that learning and teaching in all-day schools had to take place within new time structures.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2008
Benefits and Constraints of Distributed Cognition in Foreign Language Learning: Creating a Web-based Tourist Guide for London
The purposes of this paper are (a) to describe how the open-ended knowledge construction and communication tools TEE (The Electronic Exercise) and EF-editor (Exercise Format Editor) can serve socialconstructive language learning from a distributed cognition point of view, (b) to report how TEE and EF-editor have been used in a foreign language classroom with 25 seventh grade students for creating a Web-based tourist guide to London, and (c) to present the results of an evaluative study investigating the benefits and constraints the teacher and students experienced through this learning scenario.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2008
From Foreigner Pedagogy to Intercultural Education: an analysis of the German responses to diversity and its impact on schools and students
This article first provides a socio-historical analysis of the German responses to migration-related cultural and religious diversity by tracing the development of educational policies from assimilationist notions of ‘foreigner pedagogy’ in the 1960s and 1970s to intercultural education, which slowly emerged in schools in the 1980s and 1990s.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2008
This article focuses on student participation in classrooms. It aims to demonstrate that effective cultivation of educational experience in schools will lead to a new perspective on the process of teaching and learning. There are no privileged methods of teaching and learning, but most of the teachers have in mind some fuzzy ideas of what good instruction is, and there is a great variety of how teachers involve their students and how students get involved in what happens in school.
Updated: Feb. 03, 2008