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Science Education as a Basis for Vocational and Social Participation: GDCP Annual Conference 2018 in Kiel

September 17th, 2018

The German Society for Chemistry and Physics Education will meet in Kiel (Olshausenstr. 75) from September 17th – 20th, 2018. It is the largest conference in the field of science education.

Is a basic scientific education sufficient to enable everyone to participate in professional and social life, or are important aspects of education neglected? The focus for the science professionals coming to Kiel for the annual conference of the German Society for Chemistry and Physics Education (GDCP) will be on these and other questions around the concept of a basic scientific education.

The concept of a scientific basic education found its way into the education discussion through the international benchmarking studies two decades ago. Basic education in the sciences is intended to facilitate professional and social participation by, on the one hand, providing access to certain occupational fields and equipping students with the necessary competences and, on the other hand, providing them with the necessary competences to understand social problems with a scientific-technical connection and to be able to evaluate and discuss potential solutions. Unlike the goal of comprehensive education provided by the sciences, the concept of basic scientific education (for everyone) emphasizes the functional character of learning and teaching.

Prof. Dr. Knut Neumann of the IPN, one of the organizers of the GDCP annual conference, is pleased that so many renowned experts have made their way to Kiel. "The conference program is varied and promises to give an up-to-date overview of the state of the discussion about educational concepts", Neumann continued. With this highly relevant conference topic, the GDCP thus provides impetus as to whether and to what extent the functional demands on basic scientific education can be met, which competences are relevant for this and to what extent the concept of basic scientific education may have to be revised after two decades. The organizer anticipates more than 400 participants.