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Digital Developments in Schools: Policy Actions and Research Interests in Germany & the EU

Apr 10, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On-Campus - Williams Hall
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Alexander Wiseman

Digital Developments in Schools: Policy Actions and Research Interests in Germany & the EU
Dr. Sieglinde Jornitz
Tuesday, April 10, 3-4pm
*Williams Hall 341*

Germany’s digital infrastructure is currently described as lagging behind international standards. Within Europe, Estonia is the nation that sets standards in the digitization of society and France is about to abandon cell phones from the classrooms. But Germany has only just set out to preparing its schools for digital challenges. The presentation will focus on three different aspects of this development. First, by analyzing the political agenda, promises and hopes come into sight. They show how policy expects digital media to solve educational and societal problems. Second, the national political initiatives are closely connected to the European level. Although the European Commission has no legal power in regard to the education systems of the member states, Europe initiates action plans and benchmarks that commit the national systems to react in an intended way. Third, the political frameworks do not describe what happens in the classrooms. Yet, publishers in the field of education develop and distribute learning platforms for schools and out of school activities. The core component of many such platforms is the quiz, a didactical configuration that has not been established in German curricula. How this will change national traditions of teaching and learning will be demonstrated by analyzing exemplarily some of these platforms.

Dr. Sieglinde Jornitz is a researcher and member of the office for “International Cooperation in Education - ice” at the Leibniz-Institute for Educational Research and Educational Information (DIPF) in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2001, Sieglinde has been engaged in various projects at DIPF that are focused on national, European and international developments in education and information science. Her main research interests focus on international and European education policy and school education. Furthermore, she is an expert in qualitative analysis of visual documents and a regular lecturer for the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in the field of teacher education. Together with Marcelo Parreira do Amaral (University of Münster, Germany) she has started editing the handbook on “The Education Systems of the Americas”. She is a member of several research groups on reconstructive hermeneutics in education and on digital media.

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