Session 1-1: Holistic School Education

Holistic Pedagogical Models for (STEM) Education

Facilitators: Guido van Dijk & Wim Simoens
(in Dutch or in English depending on workshop participants)

Learners need to acquire strong mathematical and scientific abilities in order to be competitive in the 21st century work environment. Thus, development of profound knowledge and skill sets in team work, rational thinking and investigative and creative work which learners can use in all areas of life, is essential. The international research consortium Learn STEM addresses this need to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training as well as the need to enhance knowledge in STEM topics. It has developed and evaluated the holistic Pedagogical Model Learn STEM with five dimensions focusing on the learner who shall become the owner of their own learning processes.

In this hands-on workshop, we will introduce the participants to one example, the holistic Pedagogical Model from Learn STEM, discuss its dimensions and potentials for training teacher reflection and awareness.

References for further reading:

European Commission (2007): Science Education NOW. A Renewed Pedagogy for the Future of Europe [Rocard-Report]. Retrieved from:

Harlen, W. (Ed.). (2015). Working with Big Ideas of Science Education. Trieste: Global Network of Science Academics (IAP) Science Education Programme. Retrieved from:

Stracke, C. M., van Dijk, G., Daneniene, J., Kelmelyte, V., Lisdat, F., Wesolowski, A., Barreiros, A., Baltazar, R., Simoens, W., Desutter, J., Pascoal, A., Rimkevičė, A., Spatafora, M., Cotovanu, A. M., & Spatafora, A. (2019). Learn STEM. The Pedagogical Model for Innovative STEM Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from [Open Access]