Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Productive Learning has been an educational programme for years 8, 9 and 10 in comprehensive and in regional schools in Mecklenburg-Pomerania since the school year 2005/06. It was first introduced as a pilot project in six schools. In 2008/09 Productive Learning was offered in 25 schools, and from the school year 2010/11 altogether 27 schools are participating. Until 31.12.2012 ‘Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania’ was financed by the European Social Fund. The project was academically monitored and evaluated by the IPLE. The final report can be downloaded in pdf-format.
Evaluation of Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania:
Institut für Produktives Lernen in Europa (Hrsg.): "Produktives Lernen - Schulinnovation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern", 2012, ISBN 978-3-00-03445-4, full version (in German) and abridged version (in German) are available in pdf-format.
The project was externally evaluated by the University of Rostock, Institute for School Pedagogy.
Since the school year 2010/11 institutions which are offering Productive Learning are assisted by ‘Productive Learning Project Mentors’. These mentors were qualified for their task by the IPLE through an extra occupational further training programme:
- Sabine Schickel, Schwerin
- Solveig Brandt, Pasewalk
Some achievements of Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania:
- 83% of the young people (often at risk of leaving school without qualification) who participated in Productive Learning for at least two years, graduated and gained Berufsreife ( school leaving certificate after 9 years) or a higher school degree at the end of the school years 2008/09-2010/11
- 53% attended an apprenticeship 6 months after leaving school
- 100 teachers were qualified to Educators of Productive Learning by attending two years of a project-related programme of further training
- Productive Learning Educators became Productive Learning Project Mentors by attending an extra occupational further training programme
Schools partake in the project on the basis of the “Verordnung zur Flexiblen Schulausgangsphase” (regulation on flexible final school phase) and the subordinated regulation “Produktives Lernen an den Regionalen Schulen und den nichtgymnasialen Bildungsgängen der Gesamtschulen” ( Productive Learning in regional schools and educational programmes in comprehensive schools up to grade 10). The implementation is based on the document Framework for Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania.
Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania leads to the following qualifications: Berufsreife (school leaving certificate after 9 years), Berufsreife mit Leistungsfeststellung (school leaving certificate after 9 years inclusive of determination of achievements), Mittlere Reife (school leaving certificate after 10 years).
The establishing of the flexible final school phase from the school year 2009/10 onwards enables post year 7 pupils to attain their desired school leaving certificate at secondary level I within two, three or four further years in school.
In each of the 27 institutions engaged in Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania, three to four educators are normally responsible for the year 8, 9 and 10 learning groups.
All PL educators attended the project-related further training programme ‘Productive Learning in Europe’ run by the IPLE over the course of two years.
Since the school year 2010/11 the following schools offer consultations, advisory sessions, observations, and further training on Productive Learning for interested teachers and pupils in Mecklenburg-Pomerania
- Baltic-School in Rostock,
- Casper-David-Friedrich-School in Greifswald
- Werner-von-Siemens-School in Schwerin
Further Information in German:
The following schools in Mecklenburg-Pomerania offer Productive Learning:
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The project was financed by the European Social Fund and by the federal state of Mecklenburg-Pomerania.