ProgrammeErasmus+ KA1
Project NameDonauwelle PLUS / Danube Wave PLUS
Project Acronym2018-1-AT01-KA101-038855
Project PartnerProject Acronym
Project Duration1st of September 2018 - 31st of August 2020
Short DescriptionThe agreed upon aim of the Erasmus project Donauwelle PLUS is the analysis of methods used, which support and develop special aptitudes and talents in selected schools in the cities of Berlin and Hamburg, Germany. In order to improve lessons with regard to differentiation and individualisation (as far as the development and support of special aptitudes and talents is concerned), there is a need to gain an insight into successful teaching and learning situations within an international context. An almost inexhaustible variety of models, structures and stimuli exist outside of Austria.  Therefore, an insight and the accompanying exchange of experiences regarding the possibilities of realisation in schools that develop special aptitudes and talents is a necessity for successful school development. 

In order to provide an equal opportunity for all pupils, there is a need for a nurturing and supportive learning environment to be implemented in a large number of schools. Concepts regarding room design and layout have been used in schools that develop special talents and aptitudes for some time in Germany. Job shadowing will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the ‘Lernhauskonzept’ (a model that combines pedagogical, architectural and organisational structures) and the project ‘Begabungspiloten’ (pilot schools that promote and develop special aptitudes and talents). An inclusive approach also includes the field of promotion and development of special aptitudes and talents. The statutory mandates regarding the promotion and development of special aptitudes and talents applies to all Austrian schools. An opportunity to job shadow and attend courses in Germany provides a foundation and a chance for enrichment and exchange of experiences.

As well as insights into the framework of promotion and development of special aptitudes and talents in schools, the participation in international in-service training and the input of internationally recognised experts in this field will enable participants to enhance their knowledge in this area. Furthermore, measures to promote and develop special aptitudes and talents with regard to equal opportunities and inclusion, of a cross-curricular nature in Viennese schools should be adopted wherever possible.

Within the context of international networking and the linked mobilities, representatives of the project partners are confronted with the topic through participation in educational congresses and job shadowing. Overlapping phases of work and networking meetings in Vienna mean that there are plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences in a productive manner.

The following mobilities will provide insights within an international context:

1st mobility (A1/1) – winter semester 2018/19 – 6th Münstersche Educational Congress in Germany

2nd mobility (A2/1) – summer semester 2019 – job shadowing at schools that promote and develop special aptitudes and talents in Berlin

3rd mobility (A1/2) - winter semester 2019/2020 – Education Group Meeting at the University of Passau

4th mobility (A2/2) - summer semester 2020 - job shadowing at schools that promote and develop special aptitudes and talents in Hamburg; insight into the project ‘Begabungspiloten’, which has been running since November 2017. 

Motivation and recognition within a school setting provide a foundation for successful learning for all pupils. The acceptance, room for the development and strengthening of the potential of each individual child is the focus of promotion and development of special aptitudes and talents. Therefore, the Erasmus+ Project ‘Donauwelle PLUS’ provides the Viennese educational landscape with an enriching insight into this topic within an international context.