Working GroupsCopyright: © Martin Braun
The RWTH Teacher Training Center houses several working groups. They are divided into two large areas: the working groups for planning and implementing the practical semester in the Master of Education program and the working groups in the area of subject didactics coordination (FachdidaktikForum and Nachwuchsforum).
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Working Groups to Facilitate Collaboration Betweeen Subject Didactics and the Educational Sciences
The FachdidaktikForum at the Teacher Training Center was founded in 2012 to network teaching didactics as a research discipline. All subject didactics represented in teacher training and the educational sciences at RWTH Aachen University are brought together in this working group.
One of the FachdidaktikForum's key objectives is to promote young researchers at RWTH, which is why the Nachwuchsforum was founded. It is open to doctoral candidates of the ecucational sciences and all subject didactics at RWTH.
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Practical Semester Working Groups
Various cross-institutional work formats have been established to shape the practical semester for our students in the Aachen training region according to curriculum and content specifications. A network of various working groups ensures that all the essential cross-disciplinary and subject-specific aspects are included in the central training elements. These groups come together to coordinate all intuitions involved in the practical semester:
- RWTH Aachen University
- the Centers for Practical Teacher Training Aachen, Jülich, and Düren
- and the schools in the Aachen training region and the district government of Cologne.
The interdisciplinary core working group for the practical semester is tasked with coordinating and organizing general matters and processes related to the practical semester, with a particular focus on structural, formal, and legal aspects.
The subject-related networks’ central task is to coordinate which subject-related and didactic aspects will be included in the teacher training curriculum. They also ensure that students can systematically acquire competencies at all three training locations – school, university, and the Centers for Practical Teacher Training – in their practical semester, whether they are conducting school research or gaining practical experience. These working groups also deal with organizational issues, mainly related to the respective network's subject-specific orientation.