Fit in health issues
Teaching materials and teacher training on diabetes and cancer
More and more people worldwide are falling ill with diabetes and cancer – as in Germany. Affected are also children and adolescents, mostly due to the illness of close relatives. In order to convey relevant factual knowledge and to increase the students’ health literacy, the topic should be more integrated into the lessons. This will make it easier to achieve the educational objectives of “expertise” and “health literacy skills”. Currently, however, hardly any suitable teaching material is available on both topics. This gap is now closed.
As part of the project “Fit in health issues” are currently developed teaching materials that are detailed, well-founded and youth-oriented. From the spring of 2020, they will be available for download free of charge on this website of the Diabetes Info Service Munich. “Fit in Health Issues” is a joint project of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg (DKFZ). It is funded with public funds by the Helmholtz Association. Therefore, all offers are free from economic interests.
Attractive teaching material
A modular system is to be offered with various modules for teaching in lower secondary and secondary education, based on current education plans. In addition to traditional formats such as information and worksheets, eLearning elements enable modern, interactive, self-directed and in-depth learning: the materials are created in understandable language for various levels of education and achievement, as well as socio-cultural milieus. They tie directly to the life worlds of the students. Illustrative infographics, short videos and interactive elements in various levels of difficulty expand the offer.
Providing sound specialist knowledge
Starting with risk factors as well as possibilities of prevention and early detection of the biological mechanisms in the development of diseases to treatment options and life with the disease – all facets of diabetes and cancer are scientifically based mediated. It also draws on the current research findings of the research institutions involved in the project – Helmholtz Zentrum München and Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum.
Strengthen media and health literacy
Studies show that the ability to collect information on health topics and to translate the findings into everyday life is not a matter of course for all people in this country. This also applies to young people and young adults or their parents. In order to counter this, the media competence of young people in dealing with health information is also promoted within the framework of the project. They learn to independently find, understand, assess and apply high quality information relevant to their health.
The goal is to enable young people to filter out valuable material from the flood of information on the Internet and make it usable for themselves. On the one hand, in order to be able to independently prevent diseases – z. For example through a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, in order to be able to move independently and well informed in the health system in case of illness. This means, for example, that the patient discusses different treatment options with the attending physician, evaluates them for himself and makes an informed decision. Part of the teaching material is therefore devoted to higher-level topics such as “health literacy” and “dealing with illness”. Practical knowledge about the structures of the German health system will be taught.
The created materials will first be tested at selected schools, the final versions will be presented in teacher training courses. The new teaching materials will be published free of charge and freely accessible on the websites of the project partners Helmholtz Zentrum München and DKFZ. Every two years they are checked and updated.
The teaching material will be usable throughout Germany. It can also be used by out-of-school learning venues such as student laboratories and education centers.
Newsletter for teachers
At the beginning of each school semester, a newsletter will be published, presenting the teaching materials as well as the training offers and informing about new materials, updates and training dates.
Evaluation with perspective
The project will be scientifically monitored and evaluated: In addition to quantitative criteria, qualitative aspects are also in demand. After successful completion of the project, the materials can act as best practice models to address other health issues from the research spectrum of the Helmholtz Association, such as allergies or diseases of the lung, cardiovascular or nervous systems.
The participating research centers
Helmholtz Centre Munich
As a research center for health and the environment, the Helmholtz Zentrum München investigates the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle in diabetes, allergies and chronic lung diseases. The aim is to find the individual options for prevention, diagnosis and therapy that are ideal for patients. Its established information services comprehensibly prepare the current knowledge for multipliers and patients and publish it online. There are also many years of experience with student laboratories and cooperation with schools, associations and universities.
German Research Center for Health and Environment (GmbH), Communication Department
Ingolstadt Landstraße 1, 85764 Neuherberg
Phone: 089 3187-2711
German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg is investigating how cancer develops, identifying risk factors and looking for strategies to prevent people from getting cancer. It is developing new approaches to diagnose tumors more precisely and treat patients more successfully. The Cancer Information Service (KID) is a department of the DKFZ. He answers all questions about cancer to affected people, relatives, interested citizens and experts. The pupil research center Life-Science Lab of the DKFZ promotes extra-curricular and scientific-propaedeutic mathematical and science-technically particularly interested and gifted pupils.
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