Whoever understands how technical inventions work, what they can achieve, and what effects they have on society, can responsibly help shape future developments – maybe as an engineer, but also maybe in politics or in personal consumer behavior.
Technology lessons offer school students an early oppotunity to be introduced to interdisciplinary and practically-oriented, systematic, technical thinking. And it answers the time-old question "Why do I even need math and physics?" with an answer that is literally tangible.The subject offers teachers ideal flexbility and room to design lively and motivational lessons. It bridges the gap between one's own hanidcrafts, exciting experiments, and theoretical models, between hand skills and academic interest.
During their studies budding teachers will not only focus on a single technical discipline, like in teacher training for vocational schools, but also with the fundamentals of different engineering disciplines.This allows them to gain a holistic view, with which they can encourage school students to grapple with different technologies and understand how they are intertwined.
During the first semester the course of study offers demanding, fundamental math studies. Students acquire more in-depth mathematical skills in the areas of differentiating, integrating, exponential functions, complex numbers, solving differential equations, and working with functions and working with Fourier series. They need these skills during the following semester, especially in the technical subjects.
Throughout the entire curriculum subject-didactic modules optimally prepare students to teach content in schools. Aside from somewhat more theoretical modues, which are about current social science influences on technology or the energy and resource problems, there are always practical modules. They allow students to get their own handicraft experience and are reflected in how application-oriented the subject technology is taught in schools. For example students in design and process engineering create their own design and build it with wood. In electronics they design small cirucuits and electronic elements including boards and microcontrollers. In the CAD module they learn how to use design programs. The programming module offers an introduction to the programming language Java, which is also often used in schools.
|Topic Area||Curriculum Content|
Mathematical Fundamentals of Teacher Training Candidates,
|Technical Methods and Processes||
Introduction to Technology Teacher Training,
|Materials Processing Systems||Design and Process Engineering,
Production Technology in Wood and Plastics Processing,
|Energy Processing Systems||Components and Facilities in Energy Supply,
Alternative Energy Technologies
|Information Processing Systems||Electronics for Physicists, Programming,
Basic Fields of Computer Science + Microcontroller Working Group
|Technology – Society – Nature||
Raw Materials and Recycling, Bionics, Sociology of Technology
The subject technology is currently viewed as a subject that is under-offered. Although only a few Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen offer the subject so far, the state government's current STEM activities are initiating more movement in the job market. The need for well-eduated technology teachers is increasingly growing.
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