The project Wandel vernetzt denken (Approaching Change Through Networked Thinking) offers teachers, schools and other interested parties ready-to-use teaching materials to facilitate thinking in context, which are available to download free of charge.
The target group consists of participants, aged 15 years and over, particularly at secondary schools leading to university (Gymnasium), comprehensive schools (Gemeinschaftsschule) and intermediate secondary schools (Realschule) (Germany), higher secondary academic schools (Allgemeinbildende höhere Schule) and higher secondary vocational colleges (Berufsbildende höhere Schule) (Austria) as well as adult education colleges (Maturitätsschule) and upper secondary specialized schools (Fachmittelschule) (Switzerland). The teaching materials are also suitable for students at vocational colleges.
The material follows a holistic, interdisciplinary, student-centred and skills-oriented approach. It teaches constructive-critical and reflected thought, the plurality of perspectives, the capacity to act, and methodological skills.
The teaching material was developed, produced and reviewed by teachers and (specialist) writers.
Further information on the goals, concept and structure of the materials is available here.
Goals, concept and structure of the teaching modules
Free teaching materials for Wandel vernetzt denken (Approaching Change Through Networked Thinking)
- The teaching materials encourage constructive-critical, independent thinking, as well as thinking in context and also promote the ability to form opinions, to apply knowledge and to handle problems.
- The materials build directly on topics covered in curricula and educational plans. Using an interdisciplinary approach, they also cover a range of topics which go beyond the content of these plans.
- The teaching materials can be introduced into social studies, politics, economics, geography, ethics, religion, German and the natural sciences, for example, and are well-suited for use in school projects and extra-curricular educational institutions.
- The teaching materials are divided up into themes. Each theme contains 6 to 18 modules.
- The modules are detailed and ready for use, and can also be taught by interested people from outside this specialist area. There are recommendations for freely adapting each topic to explore it in greater depth.
- A common thread runs through the individual themes (exception: theme with current topics); however, almost every module can also be used individually.
- The fundamental principle of all the materials is that young people independently acquire knowledge through a range of methods – and are therefore equipped at all levels to take independent and carefully considered action that is appropriate to the situation.