‘Mit dem Erstaunen fängt es an’: Design based primary education between bildung and employability

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Primary schools in many countries are faced with the challenge to prepare children for participation in our highly technological society. Pressure is put upon schools to show more young people the way towards careers in science and engineering, for the sake of the economy. This is contested by scholars who fear a loss of humanisitic values when STEM-related subject come to dominate the curriculum. This paper argues that the empirical design cycle from engineering is a rich pedagogical framework for the attainment of learning objectives from STEM, the humanities and 21st century skills.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationAnwendungsorientierung und Wissenschaftsorientierung in der Ingenieurbildung: Wege zu technischer Bildung -10. Ingenieurpädagogischen Regionaltagung 2015
EditorsGudrun Kammasch
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-3000531279
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event10. Ingenieurpädagogische Regionaltagung 2015: Anwendungsorientierung und Wissenschaftsorientierung in der Ingenieurbildung -
Duration: 5 Nov 20156 Nov 2015


Conference10. Ingenieurpädagogische Regionaltagung 2015
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  • STEM education
  • design based education
  • MINT

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