Denmark, Aarhus

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

when 5 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 700

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 three 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

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.

Social programme
In afternoon and evenings, VIA Summer School will arrange a variety of social and cultural events to expand your knowledge of Denmark and the other participants at the VIA Summer School courses. You can decide for yourself the extent to wish you want to participate in these activities.

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.

Target group

Students interested in gaining knowledge on how to use the outdoors as an important and useful frame for pedagogical work with children and young people. Students must have studied for a minimum of 1,5 years at bachelor level or above.

Course aim

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

Fee info

EUR 700: EU citizens: 700 EUR (ap. 5230 DKK)

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.

This course is offered under the act of Danish Open University.
EUR 970: Non-EU citizens: 970 EUR (ap. 7240 DKK)

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.

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

Scholarships

No scholarships available