Netherlands, Utrecht

Alternative Education: Having confidence in Children!

when 2 July 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 750

In this course, you will discover and discuss a different views on learning and teaching and on the development of children. Through expert meetings, school visits and workshops we will teach you the main characteristics of alternative pedagogical-educational concepts. At the end of this course you will have a lot of new ideas and inspiration to teach your own students in 'the alternative way'!
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The Netherlands has had a leading position in the field of alternative education for a long time. Parents can choose a school based on the ideas of Maria Montessori, Helen Parkhurst, Peter Petersen, Celestin Freinet and many others. The most recent developments are schools based on the educational concept of ‘independent learning’.
These schools all share the idea that the foundation of education and pedagogy is to have confidence in children. Children must be provided with space to develop their own potential. The shared values of all these educational concepts are: independence, responsibility, autonomy, cooperation and reflection. In all these alternative schools children’s needs and the relationship with the teacher are dealt with in an innovative way. (See this film as illustration of the shared values in innovative schools).

At the end of this course you will have a lot of new ideas and inspiration to teach your own students in ‘the alternative way’. You will have to find your own way how to apply these ideas in your local situation, so do not expect to go home with a specific toolbox.

Course leader

Joske van Dulmen

Target group

Teachers, teacher training students and starting professionals in education

Course aim

To learn about the theory and practice of alternative schools, with the focus on primary schools.
To develop new ideas and inspiration to innovate your teaching.

Credits info

1.5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

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


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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