【DE】Contemporary education: Learning for the future

Educational institutions have always had to prepare for an unknown future. New are the speed and scope of social changes. More than ever, schools and the like must measure themselves against current challenges and understand their development as a process.


Whether new examination formats, social change in values or challenges such as the corona pandemic: Those who work in the education sector should be vigilant and open to contemporary discourses and change processes, continuously adapt methods and contents of their own work, but sensibly. Of course, this also means shaping the topic of digitality actively and with a sense of proportion today.


The fact that contemporary education is an never-complete process can be observed well in digital learning. When implementing schools and vocational schools, the focus has long been rigidly on technology, expectations were high and – partly to this day – diffuse. The concrete use in subject teaching is still “the biggest challenge; teachers must therefore learn in further training, “what digitization means specifically for their subject and their grade,” states Prof. Julia Knopf in an interview with the magazine “Einfach.Digital.Lernen“. The head of the Chair of Subject Didactics German Primary School at Saarland University and Managing Director of the Research Institute Education Digital provides checklists and tips via the platforms “school to go” and “Read to go”, also for useful apps. Knopf also advocates a nationwide certification body that “recommends suitable digital content and makes it available for download or offers a guide to support the selection” – in addition to targeted training, another range of help for teachers.


Recognize and implement the need for reform
Good contemporary education cannot only be the task of teachers or schools. Education policy is still sitting on the big adjustments. When the results of the current IQB education trend were recently published, a clear downward trend was primarily observed. For fourth graders, the skills in German and mathematics have deteriorated significantly compared to 2011 and 2016. Particularly worrying: The social background of children has a growing influence on their educational success. But not all federal states have deteriorated. Hamburg in particular – a city state in which every second child comes from a family with an immigration background – has impressively caught up with the help of some changes compared to the last surveys: Here, children are now examined 1.5 years before school enrollment for possible deficits and receive mandatory preschool support if necessary. Schools in a “burdened” social situation receive targeted support according to a six-step plan; weak pupils can participate in so-called learning holidays; all Hamburg schools have been all-day schools since 2012. The list of Hanseatic learnings could be continued. Learning as a lifelong process – this also applies to education policy.


Learning in the present – for the future
But of course, it does not stop with the introduction of all-day school, targeted support or digital learning. Which skills will be important in the future, this question arises not only for work in schools, universities and vocational schools, but also in daycare centers: “Children who are currently attending kindergarten will finish their education after 2045, enter a completely changed world and practice professions that still need to be developed,” writes Prof. Dr. Wassilios E. Fthenakis in a guest post for My Kita. The early educator and didacta editor-in-chief attributes a prominent status among future skills to creativity, which is “a good predictor for future school performance.” Interactions in the daycare center offer countless possibilities to strengthen creativity. Recognizing and systematically using them is “task for every specialist who wants to strengthen child creativity.” The general debate about future skills at educational institutions sees educator Fthenakis as “encompassing the world, in full swing and not completed”. Continuing it is the task of science, practice, business and politics – not least in bilateral exchange or in plenary discussions at congresses and trade fairs.


About didacta – the education fair
From 07. to 11. March 2023, didacta, as the world’s largest and Germany’s most important education fair, will once again bring together teachers, educators, trainers and representatives from politics, business and science in Stuttgart.


You may be interested in these events:

Daycare seminars
(Early childhood) education in the digital world
Prof. Dr. Julia Knopf
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
West Congress Center

Daycare seminars
Creativity – a competence of the future
Prof. Dr. Fthenakis
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
West Congress Center

Daycare seminars
Psychosocial health of children – resilience as a future competence
Prof. Dr. Renate Zimmer
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
West Congress Center


Further information on the events of didacta 2023 can be found at www.didacta-messe.de and www.facebook.com/didacta-messe.


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Best Regards
from Messe Stuttgart

Your didacta team


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