Iterative development of engineering-at-school teaching capacities in Danish primary and lower secondary schools.

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Engineering is gaining momentum as a significant part of the STEM agenda. In Denmark a nationwide projetct is building capacities for implementing Engineering in primary and lower secondary school. Approximately 120 teachers from four municipalities is in the spring of 2018 being trained in working with projectorganised problembased engineering challenges.

The teacher training programme was developed through iterative action learning processes. Starting with a collaboration on developing the didactics and teaching materiale between 12 teachers in two municipalities and 12 consultants from two university colleges during summer 2017. The development phase included that the 12 teachers taught engineering sequences in their classes.

The developed programme was subsequently tested on approx. 40 teachers in the fall 2017. Again an action learning approach was applied to accumulate knowledge and experiences from the classroom testing of the didactics and teaching materials. This repeated iterative development of the programme intended to integrate teachers experimentation with engineering in their own practice and to let this integration inform the intervention courses to be conducted in the spring of 2018.

The session will start with a presentation of the overall design and the results from the development and the test phase leading to the final programme description with didactical models, differentiation schemes, evaluation rubrics and teaching materials. The session will then open for the participants to comment and add their experiences with implementing engineering in their school systems. The joint reflections will be facilitated by the presenters.


ConferenceEuropean Teaching and Education Network, Annual Conference 2018
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  • education, professions and jobs
  • STEM
  • TDP


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