Productive Learning in Brandenburg
Productive Learning – ‘Education for the Future’ (Steffen Reiche, former Minister of Education in Brandenburg)
In Brandenburg, the four-year pilot project Productive Learning in Brandenburg Schools commenced in the school year 2002/03. The positive results gained from the school pilot projects Productive Learning in Berlin Schools (PLEBS) were utilised for the federal state of Brandenburg. The project was sponsored by the European Social Fund.
Productive Learning has a dual objective. One the one hand, it is making a vital contribution to the necessary school reforms within the Secondary I-level in comprehensive schools - and PL is thus a crucial response to the alarming results from the PISA studies. Pupils whose needs are not met - or no longer met - by the conventional school curriculum, are given the opportunity to attain school leaving certificates or qualitatively better school leaving certificates than they would otherwise obtain from a regular school. This is due to the innovative educational approach taken by Productive Learning. On the other hand, Productive Learning gives all participating pupils an intensive and personal vocational orientation, thus bridging the gap between general education, vocational choices and employment, whilst also assisting pupils in their transition from school to employment in a meaningful way.
Interested pupils and parents may contact the following schools:
Participants do not have to be pupils of the schools named above but may come from different schools from around the region or even from different types of schools (e.g. a Grammar school). They ought to have completed year 8 with or without success and should be interested to learn on the basis of activities and experiences, i.e. according to the principles of Productive Learning. In Productive Learning each pupil is monitored individually by qualified educators who also offer advice with regard to the individual learning process. In collaboration with educators, pupils develop their own Individual Curriculum through their engagement in personal educational counselling. This Individual Curriculum is constantly evaluated and refined. Once year 9 has been completed successfully, pupils attain a certificate which testifies that they are now ready to enter into vocational training and education. Following the successful completion of year 10, pupils will attain a further certificate.
Productive Learning in Brandenburg Schools – experiences and insights form the four-year pilot project
The four-year pilot project Productive Learning in Brandenburg Schools was completed at the end of the school year 2005/06. It was monitored by the Institute of Productive Learning Berlin (IPLE). The Minister for Education at the time, Rupprecht, praised Productive Learning in a speech delivered at the Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder where the pilot project was officially concluded. He called Productive Learning an ‘innovative and exemplary educational programme’. As part of the further training which took place alongside the project, the participating educators continuously developed, tested and evaluated their respective educational projects. Pupils and educators exchanged their views and meet each other personally throughout Europe via the International Network of Productive Education Projects in Schools (INEPS). INEPS made it thus possible to connect the individual projects regionally, pan-regionally and internationally.
Productive Learning, which differs from the regular school curriculum in its approach to education and learning, has become an integral part in all seven project-locations – a fact made evident by annual evaluations and especially by the Final Evaluation of the Pilot Project. Productive Learning gives young people who have withdrawn from learning and education in regular school the opportunity to attain a school-leaving certificate, to find their bearings in terms of employment and a sense of self, and to create new and better prospects for themselves. In doing so, Productive Learning forms an important element within a varied and constantly changing educational landscape in Brandenburg.