||Students in search for the roots of our environmental problems.
"Our environment has a history" supports students of a technical secondary school in independent scholarly research on Austrian environmental history. The research projects of the students are prepared in classes of history, German, biology and environmental technology during regular school hours. The research is then conducted primarily during the „project week“,held in the school each February. Students are introduced to scholarly research and issues of environmental history in several excursions. On the basis of these experiences, and supported by environmental historians and didacticists they develop research questions and research designs,. Thus, they introduce new topics to environmental history which are relevant to young people interested in technology. The products of the project distribute the results in schools and the scholarly community.
The project is monitored by didactics: Didacticists moderate common workshops and thus foster successful communication between school and academic scholarship. Concomitant research during the project week yields insights for future cooperation between schools and science. In addition, accompanying evaluation serves as quality control during the course of the project.
In order to ensure lasting effects of the projects, teaching materials on environmental history are developed and provided online for free download. To ensure a lasting effect, continuing education seminars for teachers on environmental history are prepared during the project. A university course will introduce the supervision of environmental history school projects into academic teaching.