Innovative Pupils! Documentary Research on Teaching and Learning Arrangements for Innovativeness


The aims of the German educational system are crossed by claims for participation (cf. KMK 2007; Schulentwicklung NRW 2008). In the interdisciplinary subject ‘Sachunterricht’ (Primary Social and Science Education), pupils shall be enabled to assess, question and change their environment (GDSU 2013; MSW 2008; Weis 2016). This claim marks a starting point within innovation processes (Gryl 2013; Jekel et al. 2015) because the ability to participate is essential for innovativeness which can be active or reactive (Hartmann & Meyer-Wölfing 2003; Scharf et al. 2016): Reactive innovativeness means the ability to react to something new by defining it as a novelty or an innovation (ibid.). Based on our previous research (Weis 2016), we want to broaden the definition of active innovativeness to the ability to participate in innovation processes which contains the dimensions ‘reflexivity’ (questioning current circumstances), ‘creativity’ (generating creative ideas) and ‘implementivity’ (convincing others and putting ideas into action) (Gryl 2013; Jekel et al. 2015). A first step to foster education for innovativeness in ‘Sachunterricht’ is the analysis of existing teaching and learning material and concepts (Weis 2016; Scharf forthcoming). Since the first research has shown that tasks in a schoolbook commonly used for ‘Sachunterricht’ hardly foster innovativeness (Weis 2016), we contribute a documentary research of interdisciplinary teaching and learning arrangements in search for innovativeness-fostering environments in order to find valuable instruments which can then be used particularly in ‘Sachunterricht’. [Further information on references can be provided on demand]

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Claudia Scharf, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Inga Gryl, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Swantje Weis, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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Conference: ECE2017
Stream: Primary and secondary education

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