Outdoor Learning - Outdoor Skills and Play for Children and Young People

Be introduced to various perspectives on using the outdoors in pedagogical work

Outdoor Learning - Outdoor Skills and Play for Children and Young People  

Summer school

You will gain knowledge on how to use the outdoors as an important and useful frame for pedagogical work with children and young people. You will be introduced to various perspectives on using the outdoors in pedagogical work – both in early years education and secondary school and leisure pedagogy.

About the programme

Facts

Subject: Outdoor Learning - Outdoor Skills and Play for Children and Young People

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: 5 August – 16 August 2019

Language: English

Credits: 5 ECTS

Academic level: BA level

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1.5 years of study at bachelor level

Course fee:

  • EU citizens = 700 EUR
  • Non-EU citizens = 970 EUR
     

Course fee includes:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
  • Goodie bag with a map of Aarhus, a water bottle and a pen
  • Personalised graduation certificate
     

Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

Application deadline: 1 May, 2019

Location: VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark

About the course
In this course you will be introduced to Danish pedagogy and how the outdoors is used in pedagogical work in the Nordic countries

The purpose is to introduce the outdoors as an important and useful frame for pedagogical work with children and young people.

The outdoors or nature has some special characteristics that helps learning and development and it is tradition to use the outdoors in Nordic Pedagogy when working with early years education. During the last 20 years, secondary schools and leisure - pedagogy has also included outdoor learning in the pedagogical work.

Content

During the two weeks, we will work with nature and the outdoors as places and spaces for learning, living, well-being and development:

  • Introduction
  • Concepts on nature, facts, figures and workshops describing various angles on outdoor education and outdoor learning and overview of research
  • Nature’s impact on physical and mental health
  • Sustainability, environment and engagement
  • Practical work with natural materials
  • The bonfire
  • Nature as a resource for food, i.e. collecting wild herbs
  • How to plan, implement and evaluate outdoor activities
  • Ethics, values and norms connected to the pedagogical work using nature as a tool
  • Nature as a source of fairy tales, natural history and adventure
     

Learning outcome

  • The student can formulate reasoned arguments to use nature in educational practice
  • The students become familiar with the tools and techniques for use in simple surveys of local natural areas
  • The student dares to wonder and can carry out simple experiments to study and explain natural phenomena
  • The students obtain knowledge of nature as a source of natural materials and food
  • The students know of relevant techniques in outdoor recreation (e.g. bonfire, camping, overnight stays in the open air)
  • The student can relate to simple questions about the environment, ecology and sustainability
     

Teaching and exam

The teaching methods are based on action-reflection theory, which means that we are always testing learning and theory through practical exercises. The teaching will be workshop-based with a mix of short theoretical lectures, presentations of – and training in – tools and reflection on what has been learnt.

You will work with and be inspired by your fellow students. Most lectures will be held outdoors in the forest or by the coast. We will spend two to three days camping.

More information and application can be found on our English website.

Practical information
The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.
Contact
You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions

VIA Summer School
Project Manager
Anna Kronborg Bell
E: summerschool@via.dk
T: +45 87 55 15 05

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