“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”: This quote motivated us to think about the topic.
Traditional classroom environments are often not the most appropriate context for the effective learning and development of key competences. The key competence approach with its emphasis on the application of knowledge in real world situations represents a significant departure from traditional content-based approaches. The main recommended approach to teaching key competences is through the provision of interactive learning environments in which learners can engage in practical, inquiry-based tasks. These environments present open-ended problems and challenges to be solved through debate, experimentation, exploration and creativity. We need a social learning context, where learners are engaged in active learning in real life situations.
Simulating real world contexts has three main purposes: it can motivate learners more than traditional approaches, learners are more likely to remember concepts they discover on their own, and it provides a meaningful context for problem-based learning.
We would like to involve a greater emphasis on interactive learning environments, allowing students to work in teams on multidisciplinary topics, benefit from technology enhanced learning.
The performance of students in school has been decreasing over the last decades, especially boys’ results. Therefore it is obvious that, in order to keep up the motivation and improve the efficiency of learning, we have to adapt to the new situation.
With this project, we want to find out what has to be changed to enhance learning results.
We’ve realized a discrepancy between the teaching content and methods, and the social reality and the needs of the students. We want to examine whether and how we can adapt to this reality or if our teaching methods are still effective.
Most teachers agree that it’s difficult to keep up the motivation for teaching, especially because of the severe changes in society and media consumption of pupils. We all know that teaching and learning where possible should be technologically innovative. Involving the pedagogical use of ICT and mobile technology can really enhance students’ digital competence, but it’s not the magic bullet that can solve all of our problems.
Questioning and comparing the teaching profession and its methods in various countries with different cultural background will be one of the challenges of this project. Obviously various countries have different solutions to problems. It can raise our pupils’ and teachers’ interest for the diversity of problems and solutions