The goal of two new undergraduate courses starting in the fall is to recruit more teachers for the subjects of biology and physics. It was developed by the Burgenland Private Education University together with the Burgenland State and State Research Officer, Werner Gruber.
Teachers at 41 Secondary Schools don’t always just teach the subjects they’ve studied. So it happens that a mathematics teacher must also teach physics or biology for organizational reasons. This is an unsatisfactory situation for all concerned. “I don’t speak English badly now. It’s the classic conference language. But do I have to teach English tomorrow? To be honest, the children don’t want it and neither do I. It’s very uncomfortable for a teacher to work with knowledge that has been read and not with knowledge that he has absorbed,” says Werner Gruber. one already.”
For this reason, new courses will begin in the fall. The high-quality offering consists of a four-semester undergraduate course, one for Physics and one for Biology. Sabine Weiss, Dean of the University of Education, explains the undergraduate course at various locations in Burgenland.
The courses are directly in the school
The target group is teachers who are already teaching in middle schools. In addition to the Teacher Training College, the courses will be held directly in the schools where the participating teachers teach. “Everyone understands that it’s not a quick fix to say, ‘We have so-and-so, so-and-so, so-and-so’ physics teachers. But it’s very important for us to continue to develop strategically,” says Winkler.
However, the project is not due to a potential shortage of teachers. We now have about 750 applications for about 120 vacancies. This is a maximum value. We are leaders in all Austrian federal states. We can also take any suitable position for the next year. This is also a matter of quality,” says Zeitz. The first applications for the new Physics and Biology courses have already been received. There are still places available on both courses.
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