University of Luxemburg

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Luxemburg

Contact person

Christina Siry
Campus de Walferdange
Route de Diekierch
L-7220 Walferdange, GD Luxemburg
Phone: +352 46 66 44 9717
Fax: +352 46 6 66 44 9555

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University of Luxembourg - short overview

Activities within the Fibonacci project

  • Promoting, in sciences and in mathematics, an Inquiry Based Education (IBSME). Recently, a new school law was enacted for preschool and primary school. It encourages an approach based on competencies that is aligned with an Inquiry Based Education approach. However, a large majority of Luxemburgish teachers have no expertise in IBSME. For this reason, Fibonacci is a good opportunity to support teachers in meeting the expectations under the new law. Several Fibonacci sessions will be organized in 2010-2011 and in 2011-2012 to train the teachers to IBSME. These sessions will provide them with the opportunity to experiment themselves with the approach and the materials.
  • Developing the use of the teaching language, German. In Luxemburg, science and mathematical education take place in a multilingual context, not only in regard of the high amount of immigrant children, but also in regard of native children, because the official school-language in primary school is German and not Luxemburgish. So, science and mathematics are for all pupils taught in a foreign language essentially. This national particularity represents a special challenge for science and mathematical education because the learning and understanding of science is related to the level of language performance. The IBSME involves the pupils in a lot of verbal and written exchanges and thus mathematical and sciences activities become opportunities to use German in a context that makes sense for the children.
  • Spreading IBSME through the creation of a teachers network and through the publications of concrete pedagogical tools.
  • Evaluating, through a Phd thesis attached to Fibonacci, the effect of IBSE on pupils' competencies in problem solving, pupils' self concept and pupils learning processes.

Other related projects

The Intergeo project on Dynamic Geometry

It is an European project aimed at making digital content for mathematics teaching in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable by offering content in a searchable and metadata-tagged portal.

Geogebra

It is a dynamic mathematics system improving the children's understanding of the elementary geometric concepts.

Education for sustainable development in schools (BNE-LU)

It is a contribution to the UN-Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) by analyzing the current state concerning education for sustainable development (ESD) and developing perspectives.

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