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Innovative learning environments in Thuringian schools

The start-up project “Development of innovative learning environments” was funded over three years by the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and was scientifically supported by the Chair for School Pedagogy at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. The project is based on the OECD initiative “Innovative Learning Environments” and the Thuringian sustainability strategy. 31 schools were accompanied, both primary, community, and regular schools as well as high schools, a support center, and vocational schools. The diversity of the development results of the schools ranges from a more pupil-oriented lesson design, the further development of instruments for the documentation and recording of individual learning progress, the design of media-based learning environments, more intensive work with parents, concepts for inclusive education and the development of a health concept for teachers. In order to be able to determine development priorities based on evidence, each start-up project school received a detailed “current status report.” A total of 2,000 students from the third to the 13th grade, well over 300 teachers and over 1200 parents were interviewed.
On June 7, 2016, the “Market of Opportunities” took place at the Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curriculum Development, and Media (Thillm) in Bad Berka, within the results of the project by Prof. Dr. Michaela Gläser-Zikuda and Melanie Stephan were presented.