Technology and Economics: Integrated Education Integrating economics and technical didactics into digital teaching-learning tools for teacher education and training Business and Economics Education, JGU Mainz (TWIND-WiPaed)

Relevance

The transfer of the professional knowledge acquired during teacher education into effective performance in practical teaching situations is often insufficient and requires effective training. Due to the increasing interlinking of the commercial and technical professional domains as well as the establishment of new (hybrid) professions such as e-commerce, (prospective) teachers are expected to teach commercial subjects, which are subject to technical-digital change, in an action-oriented manner. However, validated training tools for the effective development of action-oriented skills in the first and second phase of teacher education are still limited.

Project Structure

The TWIND project develops and establishes digital teaching-and-learning tools to support the effective training of (prospective) teachers in vocational education and training. This collaborative project of JGU Mainz, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the University of Kassel and the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd was initiated as part of the Quality Initiative for Teacher Training, which is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Education Rhineland-Palatinate.

 

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Project Objective

The aim of the TWIND project is to integrate professional, technical, and economic didactics as well as general educational didactics (related to subjects like German, politics) more systematically in order to address current developments in digitalization and hybridization in the professional sector.

Consequently, the project focuses on the development, testing, evaluation, and optimization of innovative digital media tools for the effective promotion of action-oriented competencies among (prospective) teachers as well as on the transferability of these tools between domains using an integrative approach. These media tools will be used for the effective training of teachers and student teachers for the vocational school sector, particularly for vocational schools specialized in commercial or technical training. Based on the constructive alignment approach and established competency models, innovative training tools (e.g. using video-based teaching-learning materials and corresponding examination tasks), which are provided in a flexible and adaptive way to promote and test the action-related competencies of future teachers, are developed and evaluated regarding their effectiveness.

Project Design: TWIND-WiPaed

The sub-project conducted by the Department for Business and Economics Education at JGU Mainz focuses in particular on the development of digital media tools in the commercial sector as well as on the association-wide evaluation of the practical suitability and effectiveness of the newly implemented media tools.

Media Tools

  • Promotion of the professional and media-didactic skills of prospective teachers (with a particular focus on new hybrid professions such as e-commerce)
  • Development and content design of digital media tools including methodical modules, exercises, etc. for the promotion and testing of subject-related didactic skills in the commercial sector
  • Development and content design of digital media tools including methodical modules, exercises, etc. to promote media-didactic and adaptation skills of vocational school teachers
  • Participation in the development of digital media tools for vocational training, taking into account digital media didactics and the digital training environment
  • Testing and optimization of the developed digital media tools
  • Development of further media tools based on the tested and evaluated pilot concepts
  • Creating a basis for subsequent optimization and transfer activities
  • Exchange and cooperation within the network
  • Exchange with associated partners

Project evaluation

The tools will be tested nationwide in two evaluation phases and further optimized for practical application. On this basis, comprehensive statements on quality-assuring conditions for the success of competency-oriented teacher training are to be derived.

 

External evaluation (Phase 1) Internal evaluation (Phase 2)
The developed media tools and teaching-learning tools will be tested nationwide at 10 project locations in a controlled, quasi-experimental comparison groups design with pre-post measurements in the 1st and 2nd teacher training phase.
The evaluation will take place at 6 universities and 4 teacher-training colleges with a total of about 400 study participants. The study participants will be tested before and after the intervention, which consists of training using the developed media and teaching-and-learning tools for the duration of one semester.
This will be followed by a concluding measurement of the study participants’ action-related competencies. On the basis of the evaluation findings, the tools will be further optimized for practical application.
In a second step, new surveys will be conducted at associated partner locations using standardized instruments (questionnaires, interviews based on key questions) based on the mixed-method approach. The focus lies thereby on the investigation of the cost-benefit ratio, the applicability and the subjective satisfaction of the target group.
This is followed by a renewed revision based on the feedback.
The results of the two-step evaluation process are optimized teaching-learning tools that have already been tested in practice. Consequently, a transfer into practice already takes place during the project duration.

Project team TWIND-WiPaed

Contact TWIND-WiPaed
E-Mail:
twind-wipaed@uni-mainz.de

 

Principal Investigator TWIND-Wipaed JGU

Prof. Dr. Markus Höffer-Mehlmer
Center for teacher training

Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room: 00.225
55128 Mainz
Tel. 06131 39-25160
Fax 06131 39-26620
E-Mail: hoeffer-mehlmer@zfl.uni-mainz.de

Project Investigators TWIND-WiPaed JGU

Prof. Dr. Christian Dormann

Chair of Business and Economics Education
Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
FB 03: Faculty of Law, Management and Economics
E-Mail: lsDormann@uni-mainz.de

Prof. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia

Chair of Business and Economics Education
Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz,
FB 03: Faculty of Law, Management and Economics
E-Mail: lsTroitschanskaia@uni-mainz.de

Dr. Christiane Kuhn (in parental leave)
Chair of Business and Economics Education
Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
FB 03: Faculty of Law, Management and Economics
E-Mail: christiane.kuhn@uni-mainz.de

 

Project Team TWIND-WiPaed JGU

Dr. Sebastian Brückner

Chair of Business and Economics Education
Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz,
FB 03: Faculty of Law, Management and Economics
E-Mail: brueckner@uni-mainz.de


Jasmin Schlax, M.Sc. (Psych.)
Chair of Business and Economics Education
Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz,
FB 03: Faculty of Law, Management and Economics
E-Mail: jasmin.schlax@uni-mainz.de

Collaborative Partners

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Center for teacher training Prof. Dr. Markus Höffer-Mehlmer
Domain-specific didactics German Prof. Dr. Anja Müller
Media didactics and domain-specific didactics of political education Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pohl
University Kassel
Professional education and technical didactics Prof. Dr. Alexandra Bach
Technical University Darmstadt
Professional education and technical didactics Prof. Dr. Ralf Tenberg
University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd
Professional education and technical didactics Prof. Dr. Uwe Faßhauer, Prof. Dr. Lars Windelband

 

Cooperation partners

University of Wuppertal
University of Flensburg
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
University of Bamberg
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
RWTH Aachen University
Technical University of Berlin
Technical University of Dresden
Technical University of Kaiserlautern
Technical University of Munich
University of Duisburg-Essen
University of Hamburg
University of Konstanz
University of Leipzig
University of Mannheim
University of Stuttgart
FH Münster University
University of Osnabrück
University of Education Ludwigsburg
Teacher training college of Darmstadt
Teacher training college of Kaiserlautern
Teacher training college of Mainz
Teacher training college of Neuwied
Teacher training college of Speyer
Teacher training college of Trier
Teacher training college of Wiesbaden
State institute of pedagogy/education, Speyer

Publications, presentations and poster

Schlax, J., Brückner, S., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Dormann, C. & Kuhn, C. (2020). Förderung handlungsnaher Unterrichtskompetenzen in der Lehrerbildung - Integrativer Ansatz im Verbundprojekt „Technik und Wirtschaft: Integrierte Didaktik (TWIND)“ [Supporting action-oriented teaching skills in teacher training - Integrative approach in the collaborative project "Technology and Economy: Integrated Didactics (TWIND)“]. Poster presented (online) at the annual conference of the Vocational and Business Education Section on 10th September 2020.

For more details

http://www.kmk.org/fileadmin/Dateien/pdf/Bildung/BeruflicheBildung/rlp/Kaufmann_im_E-Commerce_17-11-24-E.pdf

https://www.kmk.org/fileadmin/Dateien/veroeffentlichungen_beschluesse/2018/Strategie_Bildung_in_der_digitalen_Welt_idF._vom_07.12.2017.pdf

 

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