Do you want to add an exciting, international dimension to your teaching expertise while you experience Norway's spectacular landscape first-hand? Redefine your understanding of a learning arena by engaging with nature, and acquire new perspectives by immersing yourself in the history, culture and language of Norway. This semester package emphasizes practical knowledge and skills that will enrich every student's professional profile.
The course aims to develop knowledge about and understanding of Nordic and international perspectives on teaching and learning in kindergarten, primary and lower secondary schools. It has a particular emphasis on the region's geographical positioning and natural surroundings in terms of wildlife, environmental issues, coastal tradition and indigenous culture, and how these conditions influence aspects of childhood and education. The course offers an important contrastive dimension in terms of developing awareness of one's own culture, and other cultures' perspectives and attitudes regarding childhood, teaching and learning.
Our academic staff employ various teaching methods and a variety of learning activities. These include lectures, discussions, group work, student presentations in seminars and field excursions. Learning is based primarily on student activity, using methods such as "inquiry based learning" and "cooperative learning". Students are strongly involved in shaping the learning process, with an emphasis on student knowledge and experience.
Students will undertake a four-week work placement at a kindergarten or primary/lower secondary school in Norway (international students) or abroad (Norwegian students).