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The particularities of chemistry teaching in Luxembourg
Patrick Parcella - CERN award winner at SOS2 for his project 'Particularities of chemistry teaching in Luxembourg'
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Embedded between France, Germany and Belgium, Luxembourg has a strong culture for teaching
foreign languages. The students are intensively taught French, German and English at school.
Due to this intense learning of foreign languages, the curricula do not leave enough time for teaching
Students in Luxembourg are taught Sciences only during 3.3 years at an average of 3 lessons a week.
Compared to our neighbour countries, this is far not enough. Furthermore, our students are taught
Sciences at an age of 16 to 19 years. This is too late, considering that the psychological age for
discovering Sciences is at the age of about 12 years.
We have decided to develop and publish our own Chemistry books, as the German, French or
Belgian books do not fit to our programs and the age of our students.
These books are accompanied by (N)TIC: interactive CD-ROM and DVDs.
The interactive CD-ROMs contain additional exercises for training the stuff seen in class (i.e. chemical formulas, equations, stoechiometry). The DVDs contain film movies of the experiments
presented in the books. So every student has the possibility to watch again the experiments at home
and do some more training on the material he has to learn.
Last update: 17 July 2007
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