Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Alternative education

when 6 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 750

In this course you will be introduced to the theory and practice of alternative
schools. This course is very interesting for teacher training students as well as for
starting professionals: You’ll find out what kind of teacher you want to be. You will
discover and discuss different views on learning and on the development of children
and what this means for the school system in primary and secondary schools.

Since long the Netherlands have had a leading position in the field of alternative
education. In the Dutch education system there is a diversity of confessional and
public schools in a great variety of pedagogic-educational concepts. This means
that there are a lot of interesting good practices to learn about. In this course you’ll
learn and observe how it works! By expert meetings, school visits and workshops
you’ll find out about the main characteristics of the various concepts. What can you
use and introduce in your own school at home?
Within the Dutch education system, parents can choose a school for their child
based on the ideas of Maria Montessori, Helen Parkhurst, Peter Petersen, Celestin
Freinet and others. The most recent developments are schools based on the
educational concept of ‘independent learning’.
These educational concepts all share the idea that the foundation of education and
pedagogy is having confidence in children. Children must have room to develop
their own potential. Ideas as independence and responsibility for oneself as well as
for others play an important part. In all these alternative schools children’s needs
and the relationship with the teacher are dealt with in an innovative way.

After this course you will go home with a lot of new ideas and inspiration to teach
your own pupils in ‘the alternative way’!
A quote from a student who participated last year in this course: “Very inspiring and
useful course! It gave me a lot of new ideas to practise in my own classroom!”

Course leader

Joske van Dulmen

Target group

Teacher training students, pre-bachelor and bachelor level. Starting professionals in the field of education.

Course aim

To learn more about alternative education in theory and practice and to develop you own ideas about what kind of teacher you want to be.

Credits info

1.5 EC
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 550: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

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