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Globalisation as a challenge for European development policies and the citizens of Europe: simulation of a European/Latin American summit meeting

Author(s): Guido Bösader
Institution/Organisation: Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Hürth (DE)

Summary

The “simulation globale” forming the basis of this project involves an integrated learning approach that enables, to equal degrees, cognitive, affective, methodical and linguistic learning. In this concrete case – the preparation, realisation and evaluation of a European/Latin American summit meeting on the theme of shaping a more just world – the focus was on the following learning objectives: the promotion of problem-solving thinking, the acquisition of knowledge relating to development policy in a global context, the development of empathy for the life situations of other people, autonomous management of group processes by pupils and the promotion of free and fluent speaking in formalised and non-formalised situations.
The pupils of the 10th academic year of the German-Spanish bilingual section of the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Hürth first carried out the simulation in an project phase that accompanied school lessons from 22.06. to 01.07.2005 (12 lesson periods, 6 of which within a project day), while they acquired the requisite basic knowledge in a preparatory phase in Politics lessons (6 lesson periods). Since 2005 the simulation has formed a regular component of the school ’s internal curriculum.
The intensive participation of the involved pupils that is inherent to the chosen method was reflected in the following project-phase-specific activities: creation and definition of identities at the personal and subject-specific levels, negotiation and fixing of the positions of the persons or groups involved, concluding plenary session, general reflection on the behaviour generated by the specific roles and on the linguistic appropriateness.
The results of the pupils’ actions at the level of the simulation were recorded in a virtual forum. At the meta level a documentary film was produced.

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