A post from Anders Petersen at Læreruddannelsen Aalborg, Denmark:

On thursday and Friday 5. and 6. of April 2018, I participated in a Danish conference about teaching science in primary and secondary school: The Big Bang Conference.

At the conference there were about 1400 participants, mainly teachers from primary and secondary school.

On Friday morning I made a presentation about some of the results so far from our DLAB project.

I focused mainly on how the results relates to Wengers communities of practice as a domain of knowledge, a notion of community and a practice.

I think I have observed (at Klarup Skole) that the practice is very important to focus on in this project: Mutual dependence, that the students (pupils) at the international days exchange different kinds of data. Data that they know their partner country needs to get on with their work. In that way they pay attention to what their partner country works with, and it gives an extra dimension to their subject.

If you e.g. as a student(pupil) work with climate change at Klarup Skole in Denmark, and you at the same time have to pay attention to what climate change are in Norway, you get at deeper understanding of the subject climate change.

There is an article in the Danish Journal “MONA” about DLAB (the journal’s focus is on teaching science and math). I have written the article with help from Anna Bruun and Thomas Kjærgaard.