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Leadership skills in school

The results of the “PerLe” project will be presented at the University of Trier

Advising student teachers and accompanying them with regard to their suitability and inclination for the teaching profession is one of the main research and work areas of the Center for Teacher Education (ZfL) at Trier University. In the recently completed “PerLe” project, this spectrum was expanded to include the “leadership” aspect. The focus here was on the importance of the teacher personality and the development of leadership skills already during university training.

In a public closing event on April 12th, participants at the University of Trier presented their sub-projects that they had independently designed and carried out with schools in the region. In addition, the neuroscientist, biochemist and German champion in the Science Slam, Dr. Henning Beck, a lecture on the topic "To be wrong is useful: Why we need mistakes in order to get better".

“PerLe” was also about establishing the service learning project method in teacher training. Three groups therefore presented the results of their service learning projects. At "Interfood - Let's share food, knowledge and good times", connections were created between young and old and a respectful and friendly approach was developed during joint activities. A second project focused on sustainability. For this purpose, students designed topic-related projects and documented them with social and digital media. In the change of view “Street child for a day” action, Schweicher pupils showed solidarity and dealt with the lives of street children.

The closing event took place on Thursday, April 12th, at 6 p.m. in lecture hall 7 in building C, campus I, of the University of Trier. The PerLe project was funded by the Nikolaus Koch Foundation.

Further information:

Dr. Birgit Weyand
University of Trier / Center for Teacher Education
Tel. 0651 / 201-2229
Email: weyand (at)