What makes a teacher a teacher is his "art of teaching": the capacity to, from his love for the subject to explore the world and release it to the pupils/students.
Areas of learning and subjects create different possible meaningful paradigms towards the world, for example:
- technology as a design relationship
- art as an aesthetic and creative relationship
- language as a meaningful relationship
- science as an explanatory relationship
The Art of Teaching expertise centre develops didactic expertise that goes beyond the purely offering efficient didactic methods. Didactics is the art of teaching to shape students to help them learn to give meaning to the world. Only through the involvement in a 'shared cause' between the teacher and the pupil becomes the learning pathway also a life path (curriculum vitae).
The teacher is seen as a passionate and crucial pedagogical connecting force in the educational process. In addition to a knowledge of the subject, the teacher testifies to pedagogical care (ethos) for a shared world that is released to a new generation over and over again pupils and students.
The expertise centre focuses on the concrete (professional) didactic practice with research via research projects, refresher courses, tailor-made offerings, learning communities, international networking, practical research & publications.
Within Art of Teaching, expertise is developed and offered for the following research lines:
- Love of the profession: didactics and being a teacher
- Interdisciplinary didactics: VOICE, CLIL, connection between learning domains and development fields
- Didactics for all specific educational domains with specific attention to:
- science, mathematics and technology
- culture and society