The general aim is to create a stimulating learning environment for the students, so that as many of them as possible will be able to understand the subject content of work and labour studies and to classify it didactically at the end of the first training phase.


Conceptual foundations

Project-oriented view of the discipline
The aim of work and labour studies is an education of 'head, heart and hand' and is intended to impart basic knowledge and insights into economics, technology, household and occupation. This interdisciplinarity can be taken into account through theoretical-reflexive and practical-action learning in the project.

Competence-oriented view of the learners
This view focuses on the individual learning processes of the learners. With a competence orientation, it is no longer about the pure acquisition of knowledge alone, but about being able to process concrete, authentic requirement situations with the acquired knowledge. Individual solution strategies are not interpreted as a deficit but as a difference to one's own expectations.

Subject-oriented view of learning
Work and labour studies offers the experiential connection of acquisition and application and frees the learner from the receptive role of the listener. Good teaching of work and labour studies is characterized by active learning processes. It is based on the prior knowledge and abilities of the learning subject and changes the student-teacher relationship into a relationship of consultation and information.


At the end of their studies, graduates should have acquired basic subject-specific competencies for the relevant fields of study (economics, technology, socioecology, work science) and didactic competencies.

With the proclamation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, it was internationally recognized that the teaching of competencies for sustainable development is a relevant educational task and a component of general education. If one looks at the contents of work and labour studies, such as ecology, economy, use of technology and consumer behavior or social division of labor, it can be seen that essential issues of sustainability are already implicitly or explicitly dealt with in work and labour studies namely in the private, professional and general social spheres

The fundamental goal is therefore the consistent orientation of the unit of work and labour studies towards education for sustainable development.

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