Learning and Teaching Scotland is organising a SCIPD group study visit to Munich, Germany, to investigate policy and practice of Sustainable Development Education in the secondary sector.
The region has a reputation for its educational practice in making use of the environment as a context for learning, with particularly innovative work on renewable energies and schools
It is expected that the visit to Munich will include
– Meeting with municipal officers for an overview of the regional agenda for Sustainable Development Education and the Bavarian education system
– Visit to a local European education centre of excellence concerning renewable energy production, especially solar energy
– Visits to schools and youth centre, with dialogue with German teachers about learning approaches and the integration of SDE in curricular activity
– Visit to OeBZ ecological education centre and community programme
Travel to Munich will be on 5th December, with three full working days in Bavaria, followed by return to Scotland on 9th December.
SCIPD funding will cover return flights from Scotland, airport to hotel transfers, and overnight hotel accommodation in the city on a bed and breakfast basis.
In addition to the above, participants will be offered a pre-visit preparatory meeting and a post-visit meeting to support follow-up activity.
This study visit is likely to be of relevance to education professionals in Scottish secondary schools who are actively involved with SDE.
Participants will have an opportunity to:
- investigate a range of learning approaches adopted by German practitioners
- explore the practice of using natural resources for educating young people
- share professional insights with fellow group members and with their hosts
- broaden their knowledge of approaches to SDE
Upon returning from the study visit, participants will be expected to:
- produce reports in the format stipulated by LTS, demonstrating the impact on their professional practice of the study visit experience
- disseminate findings, share ideas and new approaches within their own establishment and beyond
Applicants may wish to use the experience of the study visit towards professional recognition by GTCS or simply to enhance their professional understanding and practice.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified members of Scottish school or authority staff, who should complete the Munich group application form, accessible online.
The closing date for applications is Friday 12th November 2010
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Find out more on the LTS web site.