Nordic and International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
The study is designed for international and local teacher students and pre-school teacher students. For the students of Nord-Trøndelag University College the study is part of the concurrent and integrated teacher education programmes (7th term) and pre-school teacher education programme (5th term).
Intermediate level in English.
Areas of knowledge
- Knowledge about contrastive elements in attitudes to teaching and learning in Nordic countries and internationally
- Knowledge about different outdoor learning arenas
- Knowledge about cultural artefacts, folklore and traditions in own culture and other cultures related to childhood and education
- Knowledge about the region's Sami population today and in the past
- Knowledge about Sami artefacts, folklore and traditions related to childhood and education and related to indigenous cultures elsewhere
- Knowledge about the region's wildlife and issues related to sustainability and the environment
- Knowledge about the position of languages in education in Nordic countries and internationally
The student should be able to:
- Identify, compare and contrast attitudes to childhood, teaching and learning in own culture and other cultures
- Identify, compare and contrast cultural artefacts in dominant and minority cultures related to childhood
- Describe and explain the position of the Sami population in the Nord-Trøndelag region today
- Describe and explain issues related to sustainability in the Nord-Trøndelag region
- Describe and explain issues related to the position of languages in education in Nordic countries and internationally
- Master some skills related to outdoor activities
- Organise outdoor related activities for pre-school children or pupils
- To acknowledge the importance of sustainable education
- To acknowledge the value of ethical and responsible attitudes towards nature
- To acknowledge the value of intercultural understanding
- Be able to reflect upon own culture and other cultures' perspectives on teaching and learning
This is a course intended to develop knowledge about and understanding of Nordic and international perspectives on teaching and learning in nursery schools/kindergarten, primary and lower secondary education. It focuses on cultural artefacts and traditions related to childhood and education: oral and written narratives, songs and music, old and new. It has a particular emphasis on the region's geographical position 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 own culture and other cultures' perspectives and attitudes to childhood, teaching and learning.
Teaching will be organised in different ways. These will include lectures, discussions, group work, student presentations and field excursions. The main idea is that the learning process will be based on student activity, using methods like "inquiry based learning" and "cooperative learning". The students will be strongly involved in the learning process and their knowledge and experience will be acknowledged and integrated in the study.
The language of the course is English.
The main channel of communication and contact between students and between students and the academic staff is Fronter.
A four-week practice in nursery schools/kindergarten, primary or lower secondary education in Norway (international students) or internationally (Norwegian students)
During the course each individual student must satisfy the following compulsory coursework requirements:
Individual grading (A- F) based on:
- Presentation of group project work and subsequent individual oral exam and report based on group presentations (80% of total grade)
- Teaching practice report (20% of total grade)
Teaching practice: pass/fail
A list of course literature will be available by June 2013.