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Alternative form of teaching and learning to inquiry-based learning
What is a project?
Projects are fundamentally different from lectures, in which students work individually on material provided by lecturers. They also go far beyond the classic seminar.
In the context of a project, students expand their knowledge and skills by using their existing knowledge and their own experience to solve a practical problem and learn scientific work.
Results of projects are e.g. evaluations of surveys, public publications, exhibitions or devices. Working on a project resembles the problem-solving process in later professional practice, trains communicative and methodological skills, and thus optimally prepares students for the demands of the profession.
- Group work is often useful for project work in order to be able to work on the topic in a broad way. Groups of 3 - 8 people are ideal. Self-organization of the group and division of labor are practiced here.
- Interdisciplinarity: Interactions between animal husbandry and plant cultivation with complementary consideration of the economic and social effects are answered in an interdisciplinary way.
- Practical relevance is a matter of course when a problem relevant to everyday work or society is addressed.
Project work at the Department of Ecological Agricultural Sciences
Witzenhausen can look back on a thirty-year tradition with project studies. There are annually recurring project topics (operational changeover, event management) and continuously new topics that are linked to current research projects.
In the Bachelor's program, project-oriented studies are introduced at the beginning of the program. At least one interdisciplinary project paper must be completed by graduation in addition to attending lectures and seminars. In the master's programs, at least one research-oriented project thesis must be completed.