News | Education 13.11.2014

Conference on learning through experience at the Academy for Teacher Training in Dillingen

A historical ambiance and modern thinking come together at the Academy for Teacher Training and Human Resource Management in Dillingen to make a contribution to lifelong learning.

Skills-based teaching requires skilled teachers: Siemens Stiftung supports conference at the Academy for Teacher Training and Human Resource Management in Dillingen

The advanced training on “Learning through experience in mathematics and science,” which will take place from November 14-15, 2014 in Dillingen, aims to help teachers combine imparting knowledge with building students' long-term skills. This is also the objective of the PLUS curriculum issued by the State Institute for School Quality and Educational Research (ISB) in Munich. Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and spokesperson of Siemens Stiftung, which initiated the event together with the TUM School of Education and the teacher training academy in Dillingen, will illustrate the value of science and technology education to a modern society in her welcome speech. Three workshops will enable participants to familiarize themselves with the educational program Experimento, which promotes learning through discovery.

The Academy for Teacher Training, which works on behalf of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Science and the Arts, has put together a varied offering of presentations and workshops. This aims to encourage participants to plan teaching based on children's learning environment and development needs, establishing a new culture of learning. The event will focus on ideas for skills-based teaching, including specific learning tasks and methods. Alongside workshops introducing learning environments for promoting mathematical skills, the educational program Experimento will be represented by three examples from energy, the environment and health. The speakers – Dieter Arnold, Dr. Lutz Stäudel and Prof. Dr. Claudia Nerdel / Christina Beck – are all experienced with Experimento and will offer ideas, examples and guidance on learning through discovery to all those interested. Learning through discovery helps to shake up traditional teaching methods and integrate children's own experiences into lessons. Teachers work with written materials and “hardware” provided by Experimento. Presentations on STEM education (Michael Fritz, Chairman of the Board at the Little Scientists’ House (Haus der kleinen Forscher)) and math skills (Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss, TU München), along with an evening program on life kinetics, will round off the event.

“Our aim is for 'learning through experience' to be more than just a nice idea. We want it to become a reality in schools. That is why we are supporting the event at the Academy for Teacher Training, which will show educators new ways in which students can research scientific and technological interrelationships themselves and understand them better as a result. In so doing, students grow their confidence in their own abilities, which is an important step towards participating actively in social life,” said Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and spokesperson of Siemens Stiftung.