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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 and information

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

    Duration: 2 weeks

    Dates: 5 August - 16 August 

    Language: English

    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Academic level: Bachelor level

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

    Maximum enrolment: Maximum 25 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis

    Housing: VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    Application deadline: 1 May, 2018, however courses with available places will remain open for application until June 15.

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

  • Content

    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. 


  • Tuition and fees

    Accommodation, meals, insurance, visa and travelling expenses are not included in the fee

    EU-citizens = TBD

    Non-EU citizens = TBD

    Discount

    Please contact VIA Summer School to learn more about possibilities for discounts on this course.

    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.

    VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    This course is offered under the act of Danish Open University.

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us for further information

    Use this form or contact us via the details below

    VIA University College

    Anna Kronborg Bell

    Project Manager

    VIA Summer School

    +45 87551505

    summerschool@via.dk