Modeling at School (MAS)

Main funder

Funder's project number2018-1-AT01-KA201-039268

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 107 256,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date01/11/2018

Project end date31/08/2021


Modeling is a well known and important concept in computer science, but it happens and is used (implicitly) in all other subjects and daily life, too, e.g. in the case of mental, verbal and physical modeling or also in form of mathematical formulas. This project wants to make modeling visible for teachers and pupils in order to integrate it as concept and learning tool respectively learning strategy in primary and secondary education. Modeling includes various thinking processes like abstraction, reduction, structuring, generalization etc. that are part of computational thinking and problem solving in general, too. Using different modeling techniques from computer science (e.g. UML diagrams) in several subjects seems to be a good way to introduce computational thinking as fundamental skill for everyone as demanded by Jeannette Wing [1]. It can further train general (learning) skills like problem solving, text comprehension, creativity etc. and help to visualize and structure knowledge in all subjects. Hence, this project aims at integrating modeling in different subjects and different schools by offering a new curriculum “Modeling across the subjects” with instructions (guidelines) and useful hints for teachers of all subjects as well as workshops and cross-curricular and/or multidisciplinary teaching materials suitable for all subjects. The main aims of the project are:

- Fostering 21st century skills (problem solving, computational thinking, text comprehension etc.) in different subjects and as preparation of programming
- Introducing modeling techniques in school practice as effective teaching and learning tools suitable for all subjects, especially for STEM and STEAM
- Developing a supplementary curriculum / framework for the integration of modeling in existing curricula of primary and secondary education
- Developing and providing cross-curricular and/or multidisciplinary teaching units and materials based on findings of educational neuroscience respectively neurodidactics

Principal Investigator

Other persons related to this project (JYU)

Contact person (yes/no)Yes

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Primary responsible unit

Follow-up groups

Profiling areaMultidisciplinary research on learning and teaching (University of Jyväskylä JYU) MultiLeTeSchool of Wellbeing (University of Jyväskylä JYU) JYU.Well

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