School and Learning in Germany

“More than just a place for learning”; ©

“More than just a place for learning” – Pupils explain what is important about the schools they go to

Six children and teenagers from different federal states speak about the strengths and weaknesses of their schools.More ...
Together and not alone – thanks to inclusion and integration

Together instead of Alone – Inclusion at German Schools

Germany is on the way to inclusive schools in which children with and without disabilities sit in the same classroom.More ...
Mediation procedures for conflict resolution have proven themselves time and again in everyday life

Using Mediation against Violence in the Schools

Violence in the schools has repeatedly been a subject that has aroused the concern of the German public. One thing is clear: only by dealing openly with conflicts can we get a grip on the problem.More ...
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10 Years of PISA Testing. Taking Stock

Since 2001, PISA testing has regularly been awarding pretty mediocre scores to students at German schools – and in doing so has repeatedly sparked heated debates on educational policy.More ...
For gifted pupils, it quickly becomes boring; ©

Gifted Children – Too Good for School

In Germany several hundred thousand children are considered to be highly gifted. This however does not automatically mean they are academic high-flyers.More ...
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Not Only A Question of Origin: Study of Educational Opportunities

Surveys of educational opportunities for young people of migrant origin often arrive at different conclusions.More ...
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Libraries and Schools Join Forces: Schu:Bi

Five libraries and four schools in Oldenburg are taking systematic steps to improve reading skills and information literacy among pupils – accompanying them throughout their school careers.More ...
Pupil taking his Abitur exams; © Colourbox

“Give Us Back The 13th Year!” Eight or Nine Years of Secondary School?

Since 2010, the G8 reform has been gradually shortening the time at grammar schools from nine to eight years. Yet the switch has provoked protest.More ...
Coverausschnitt des Buches „Bildungspanik“; © Carl Hanser Verlag

“Educational Panic” – An Interview with Heinz Bude

The controversy over the right school system for Germany reveals just how divided German society is.More ...
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Flexible Chaos? Longer Period for German Primary Schools

Four, five or six years? In Germany politicians and educators are arguing over the duration of the period for primary school. Opponents of reform fear the demise of the “good old” grammar school.More ...
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Dispelling Bogeyman Images – The GEI for International Textbook Research

What do German children learn about Islam at school? Which picture do Russian history books paint of the Stalin era? Answers can be found at the Georg Eckert Institute.More ...
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Reading Promotion: How Computers Can Make Reading Exciting

They are called “Reading Lilli” or “Antolin”. Behind these names are web-based reading promotion programmes. Children are motivated to browse and to learn to deal with the computer.More ...
Pupils at an all-day school; © Südpol-Redaktionsbüro/A. Zickgraf

“All-day Schools Are Good Training Grounds”. An Interview with Rimma Kanevski

As far as the emotional development of young people is concerned, all-day schools are clearly superior to half-day schools, suggests the study “Peers in Networks” (PIN).More ...
Children playing football at an all-day school; © Südpol-Redaktionsbüro/A. Zickgraf

Cooperate or Capitulate? Clubs and All-Day Schools

In view of the massive expansion of all-day schools, clubs are facing unprecedented problems. While some seek the solution in cooperation with the schools, looking to recruit the young there, others have not yet really realized their situation.More ...
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Because Diversity Bears Rich Fruit: Teachers of Migrant Origin

Ten percent of schoolchildren in Germany come from migrant families, yet not even one percent of the country’s 900,000 teachers do. Education policy is now promoting teachers and teacher training students of multinational origin.More ...
bookshelf of theGeorg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research; © GEI

Informative Conflict Mediators: Binational Textbooks

No other medium communicates its contents with such precision to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren. In an attempt to do away with historical half-truths and omissions, experts are pushing for the use of bilateral works.More ...
Schoolchildren in the cinema foyer; © Vision Kino

Film Education in Germany Compared With Other Countries

In Germany, the filmmaking business, cultural institutions and educational establishments are campaigning for film education to become a subject in its own right in school syllabi.More ...
Further articles

Dossier: CLIL

Content and Language Integrated Learning

Dossier: Education in Germany and Hungary

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Education in Hungary is currently undergoing radical restructuring, and the peaceful daily routine in German schools is also raising issues.

“Schule im Wandel”

The Comenius Project develops an advanced training course on an European level for foreign-language teachers.


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