With the activities on offer polis supports skills-oriented teaching, the aim of which is a political awareness which the student has reached through careful deliberation.
In this respect it is not primarily a question of the acquisition of the broadest possible range of knowledge, but of learning activities which enable a student to learn about, think about and deal with political themes. The activities are therefore linked to the lives and experiences of the students themselves.
In the field of citizenship education efforts are being made to impart the following skills (abilities and a willingness to find solutions to problems independently):
- Concept Skills
- Method Skills
- Modeling Skills
- Decision-making Skills
These four skills must be acquired by means of examples of content. The specific working knowledge necessary for this will not dominate the learning process however, but will rather have an instrumental nature.
The aim is to develop a political maturity, which enables integration into political life without third-party guidance – e.g. the ability to stand up for one’s beliefs or to perceive responsibility as a voter.