Transformative Learning through Commitment – Social Innovation as a Driving Force for Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development

  • Project no.451737
  • Duration 02/2019 - 12/2021

The project "Transformative learning through social commitment" develops learning workshops with extracurricular project partners who can be integrated in a modular way into the school curriculum. Learning workshops are an opportunity to combine the societal commitment of young people in their living environment with professional learning in class. Service learning is an approach with which "learning through responsibility" takes place.

Young people are encouraged to participate in societally relevant innovations and receive pedagogical support. In this way, pupils should develop key competences that support them in independently researching and shaping social challenges in the local context. Social innovation actors receive direct support for their sustainability projects through the commitment of young people.

Out-of-school educational institutions are supported in pursuing societally relevant questions in an application-oriented manner and in the sense of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and transformative learning.

The project structure comprises three steps:

  • Piloting: A didactic concept for the learning workshops will be developed in a design thinking workshop with all project participants.
  • Testing & Evaluation: The implementation and scientific support of the learning workshops in the format of service learning will take place at four different schools in different federal states.
  • Networking & dissemination: Lectures, publications (handbook) for multipliers, workshops with multipliers of environmental education and ESD and a background paper with theoretically and practically generated findings & recommendations for further development of transformative learning approaches.

The project promotes the development of a professional community of practice for further exchange on formats of transformative learning.

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