University of Luxemburg
Twin centre 1
Campus de Walferdange
Route de Diekierch
L-7220 Walferdange, GD Luxemburg
Phone: +352 46 66 44 9717
Fax: +352 46 6 66 44 9555
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.
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