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Course: Children are on the trail of technology

Didactics of explorative–discovering learning in the learning area of technology

Admission requirements

STEOP, at least 100 ECTS-CP

Semester: 8



Encounters with nature


Technology permeates and shapes all areas of human life. The focus of the course is teaching pupils to think analytically and to understand technical principles and processes as well as initiating processes of understanding through problem-solving action, communicating, and reflecting on technology. Based on the prior knowledge of the students, didactic principles and methods are taught using the physical sub-areas of thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism in the context of the Anthropocene.

  • Consolidation of basic knowledge of physics in the areas of energy and heat in conjunction with specialist literature
  • Technical applications (such as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and heat engines, entropy and efficiency)
  • Planning, conducting, and evaluation of experiments based on the formation and verification of hypotheses
  • Research, presentation, and age-appropriate explanation and communication of scientific–technical content
  • Effects of technical action using examples from everyday life and nature in the context of child-friendly economic and consumer education in the Anthropocene
  • Growing demands for space and mobility in society and the associated use of resources and their impact on nature
  • Communication of causal relationships between the use of fossil and renewable energy sources and their impact on the climate in the context of the Anthropocene
  • Linguistic and methodological didactic means for the implementation of content-integrative science-oriented lessons and English lessons at the primary level

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