A New School Design to Develop Self-Regulated Learning: The Pilot Study 'Working and Learning in School and Business'

By:
Frau Julia Hellmer,
Frau Petra Merziger
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The study evaluates a school development project that systematically connects the two learning sites school and business: The students (about 15 to 16 years old) study for the last year in secondary school for three days a week in school and two days a week in business. The aim of this project is that new perspectives are opened to the students, who have performance lacks and who are partly tired of school. In a certain way the business becomes the site for action in 'real life', while the school becomes the site for reflection. This kind of interaction is supposed to improve the developing of self-regulation, willingness and motivations to lifelong learning and also abilities to choose a career. In this study the learning processes of students are focused. The main question is, whether — and in case how — they develop learning strategies and, depending on this, abilities to regulate their learning processes for themselves. Additionally, we explore how the student's relation to school and learning is changed. The main results of this study are: first, that the students develop a new perspective from an external point of view towards their learning in school; second, that they make experiences of competence in the business and; third, that they develop skills of making decisions and taking a stand. These aspects ensure: fourth, that the students are able to improve self-regulated learning and hence the active forming of their learning biography. We would like to discuss the results in our session.


Keywords: Learning processes of students, self-regulated learning, learning strategies, sites of learning, school development
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Frau Julia Hellmer

Faculty of Education, Graduate Research Group on Educational Experience and Learner Development , University of Hamburg
Germany

Julia Hellmer is a graduate student at the university of Hamburg. She was working in a research group for 3 years to evaluate a school development project. Her study is mainly focused on qualitative research, but combines also quantitative research elements. She is a member of the "Graduate Research Group on Educational Experience and Learner Development in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg". Now she is finishing her doctoral thesis.

Frau Petra Merziger

Faculty of Education, Graduate Research Group on Educational Experience and Learner Development , University of Hamburg
Germany

Petra Merziger is working at the faculty of education and is also member of the "Graduate Research Group on Educational Experience and Learner Development" at the university of Hamburg. She is working on her doctoral thesis, her work is focused on qualitative research.

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