Project Objectives

Due to the global competition, the knowledge markets are developing at rapid speed and face the highly qualified national economies, especially in Asian countries. There we can find an increasing number of educational and research institutions with a very high standard.

Additionally, there is a demographic change in Europe which will probably lead to a movement of labour.

This development is characterised by a stagnation or even decline in the number of students in the natural and engineering science. It is a challenge for the future to motivate young people to take an active interest in these fields and to consider the possibility of incorporating them into their knowledge biographies.

Here, the EU-Project „POPBL" wants to show approaches for science teaching in schools and present new alternatives to the established lecture methods of teaching. Hypotheses prove that with the current lecture-style of teaching the information flow goes predominantly from teacher to pupil. This discourages the pupils to deal with science problems themselves.

The EU-Project wants to examine the POPBL-approach for its suitability to increase the pupils' interests in science subjects. With the findings we should be able to bring forward a further discussion about teaching and learning in Europe.