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Productive Learning in Lithuania
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IPLE - Institute for Productive Learning in Europe


When was the IPLE founded?

The IPLE was founded in 1991 by Dipl.-Päd. Ingrid Böhm and Prof. Dr. Jens Schneider as an Affiliated Institute of the Alice-Salomon-Hochschule Berlin.


What are the key activities of the IPLE?

Since its foundation the IPLE has been involved in the areas of school development and teacher training. In particular, the IPLE concerns itself with the following aspects:

Project Development and Monitoring

Currently the IPLE e.V. monitors the following projects:

Since 2009

Acting, discovering and exploring’ in grade 7 in Mecklenburg-Pomerania.

Since 2008

Supporting forms of Dual Learning – State-funded (Continuation of ESF project Practice-oriented and Vocation-oriented learning in Berlin schools)

Since 2008

Productive Learning in Saxony - ESF-Project

Since 2005

Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania - ESF-Project

Since 1996

Productive Learning in Berlin Schools (PLEBS)– State-funded


The Productive Learning GmbH (100% Subsidiary of the IPLE e.V.) currently monitors the following activities:

Productive Learning pilot project in two schools in Schleswig-Holstein

Further training for project moderators in Saxony-Anhalt

Supervision at Productive Learning sites in Saxony-Anhalt

Further Education for teachers in Brandenburg within the Secondary School Initiative (IOS)

Co-operation project with the Ministry of Education in Vilnius for the introduction of Productive Learning in three schools in Lithuania.

Conceptual and curricular development for the implementation of projects in schools and educational institutions

Over the past 20 years, the IPLE has been developing concepts for schools and for educational institutions outside of school. Its conceptual aims are the individualisation of learning processes, learning in socially relevant situations, and the connection between practical experiences and learning at school.

All concepts are piloted, evaluated and further developed in collaboration with participants (Ministries, School Sponsors, Schools, Municipalities/Districts, Educational Projects outside of school) in various federal states, in different types of schools, and with different target groups.

One specific educational form is Productive Learning. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture the IPLE prepared, implemented and evaluated ESF-funded school- and pilot projects in Productive Learning in 84 schools in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Pomerania, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Pupils with specific educational needs are also taking part in the learning groups. As part of the project Productive Learning in Berlin Schools, the IPLE has assisted Special Educational Needs Centres in the areas of concept development and implementation and staff development.

The following materials are available to educators who take part in the further training programme Productive Learning in Europe.

  • Framework Curriculum for Productive Learning
  • Tool Box: German, Mathematics, and English in Productive Learning, Learning at Places of Practice & Communication Groups in Productive Learning
  • Mathematical Learning Blocks
  • Reader: The Orientation Phase in Productive Learning, English in Productive Learning

Mentoring for Schools, Teachers, and Independent Educational Institutions

  • Concept development and implementation into pedagogical practice
  • Evaluation of pedagogical work
  • Team work and Team development

Training and Further Development for Teachers and Multipliers:

  • Certified further study programme ‘Productive Learning in Europe’ (2 or 3 years)
  • Certified further study programme ‘Mentoring Productive Learning Projects’ (2,5 years)
  • Further education for Productive Learning educators and Dual Learning teachers 
  • Further education for Productive Learning project mentors and moderators (facilitators)
  • Supervision of Productive Learning educators in Saxony-Anhalt

International Networking, Organisation and Hosting of International Congresses and Seminars

  • International Network of Productive Learning Projects and Schools (INEPS)
  • Specialist communication and methodological development of Productive Learning during regular work congresses
  • Implementation of joint development projects
  • Thematic youth congresses
  • International exchange projects for young people and educators
  • Preparation for ‘Learning at Practice Abroad’ for young people who take part in Productive Learning
  • Training of educators during International Seminars

Evaluation of Projects

Monitoring of schools during the evaluation process of their educational work

  • Process Mentoring
  • Advice on Evaluation Methods
  • Development of Good Evaluation Practice 

Key areas of Evaluation and Surveys of the IPLE

  • Secondary evaluation of annual evaluations of schools participating in projects
  • Survey of pupils in Berlin about their ‘school biography’ and about their educational development in Productive Learning by means of narrative interviews
  • Educational processes in Mecklenburg-Pomerania by means of qualitative interviews (longitudinal section)
  • Participants’ consultation in Mecklenburg-Pomerania at the end of their two-year education programme for the implementation of the Productive Learning curriculum and methodology
  • Parents’ consultation in Mecklenburg-Pomerania, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on whether or not they are satisfied with the educational form of Productive Learning and the development of their children by means of questionnaires, with additional qualitative interviews in Saxony
  • Mentor consultation in Mecklenburg-Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt in order to assess the Productive Learning participants’ willingness and ability to undergo training (by means of questionnaires)
  • Educators’ consultation on role development in Productive Learning (part-structured interviews) and on specialist assistance of the IPLE (questionnaire)
  • Annual statistics of participants (Transfers, School Leaving Certificates and Prospects after leaving school)
  • Destination survey of all Productive Learning pupils six months after they left Productive Learning to ascertain the stability of post-PL prospects
  • Case studies of pupils of Productive Learning in Saxony in co-operation with Productive Learning educators


External Evaluation of Productive Learning

The projects ‘Productive Learning in Saxony’ and ‘Productive Learning in Mecklenburg-Pomerania are evaluated by the University of Rostock


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