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Lærarar i fellesfag på utdanningsprogram for naturbruk på hospitering
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Agriculture, fishing and forestry is an educational program that attracts a lot of different students: both students who are interested in practical work, but find it very difficult to accquire the needed knowledge in subjects as mathematics, science and foreign language, and those who aims to study mathematics and biology or become veterinaries. For some students these theoretical subjects are so challenging that they do not manage to get a passing grade, and the lack of learning in theoretical subjects prevent them to complet their post secondary education. This project aims to develop better adapted teaching, increase the motivation and learning outcomes for vocational students in mathematics, science and foreign language, and thus preventing dropouts and increase the number of pupils who complete upper secondary education. 13 teachers in mathematics, science and foreign language teaching these subjects in the vocational education “naturbruk” will be involved in this project. We will primarily choose teachers who teach groups of students where there are many pupils who are not demotivated to work with theoretical subjects, who are struggling to achieve a passing grade in at least one of these subjects, but who still have got the spirit and interest of learning more practical oriented subjects. In addition the teachers that will be selected for the project should be motivated to develop their ways of teaching and have language skills that are good enough to learn from a job shadowing where the working language is English. This implies that participants should be curious of new ways to organize teaching, willing to learn and to share experiences with colleagues and thus contribute to the spread of results from the project. It is a pre for the projects if some of the participants teach both theoretical and practical subjects. The partner schools are selected because they care for, and to some extent have experience in working with similar issues, and because they want to work on and develop a better connection between vocational subjects and more theoretical subjects, and because they use exercises and examples from the practical subjects when teaching more theoretical subjects The main activities will be job shadowing of teacher colleagues in England, Denmark and Menorca and to reflect on the experience and the need of developing new methods for the teaching with colleagues at their own school and at school where job shadowing is carried out. Expected results will be renewed teaching practices with better customized training and use of work-relevant tasks and teaching material in the common core subjects within the Programme for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. Hopefully long term effect will be that students see the benefits of learning the common subjects and that they find them more motivating and easier to learn. In the end lead we expect that more students achieve a passing grade and that fewer drop out of secondary education.
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