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Programme for the International Week 2013

Norway has a long tradition of using the outdoors and nature as part of the curriculum. During the last decades emphasis has been put on developing outdoor education in schools and specific outdoor kindergartens have been established.

The international week in Stavanger will offer an introduction to the rationale behind the idea of outdoor education and show examples of this educational approach in pre primary and primary  education to European student teachers.

Sunday 10.3.

Arrival at Sola airport, Stavanger 


Monday  11.3.

8.30 Welcome at UiS (Arne Rettedal’s House room G101) - Getting to know each other, The outdoor education programme (MR, UiS)
9.15 – 14.30  Outdoor education – activity in the forest  (Geirulf Tronerud, UiS)
09.15 – 11:15 Experiences and challenges in natural environments:

  • How can we use rope to create a challenging climbing environment for kids?
  • How can we create shelter for rain and wind out in the wood?
  • How can we create simple food over a fire?

LUNCH BREAK  The university will offer the food for this outdoor lunch

12:30 – 14:30

  • How can we use the forest as a playground?
  • How can we create an environment that stimulates most of the children's senses?

Tuesday  12.3.

9.15 – 11.15  Two parallel sessions (Kjell Arholm’s House, room U50)

- Outdoor education experience: Natural Science Activities (Irene S. Løvdal, UiS)
- Lecture:  Outdoor education;  what, why and how (Monika Röthle, UiS)

11.15 – 12.00 LUNCH BREAK (please bring your own lunch packet)

12.00 – 14.15 
- Outdoor education experience: Natural Science Activities
- Lecture:  Outdoor education;  what, why and how

14.15 – 15.00 Preparation for study visits and The International  Evening


Wednesday  13.3.

Study visits in small groups to preschools and schools  (students meet at the actual school/kindergarten, according to information provided on Tuesday) Please bring your own lunch pack.

Afternoon free  (leisure time)

19.00 – 21.30 International Evening for International and Norwegian student teachers in the canteen of Hagbard Line House on campus.  A social get-together with international buffet, activities and music. No entrance fee.


Thursday  14.3.

9. 15 – 10.00 Norwegian Education (Kjell Arholm’s House room 053 and 050)  
Two Parallel sessions: preschool /compulsory school (Lecture by students)

10.15 – 14.00 Summarizing of experiences (Hilde von Oeteren, Thomas Moore) Group work:  post visit discussions /reflections.  Rooms: KA 030 – 034, 050, 053. Please bring your own lunch pack.

14.15 – 15.00 Students’ evaluation of the programme Outdoor Education (MR). Information about exchange programme Comparative Educational Studies 2014


Friday 15.3.

9.00 – 12.00 Meeting place: The Iron Age Farm. Outdoor Education Experience at the Iron Age Farm, Ullandhaug. Theme: Museums as extended class rooms. Examples of how this museum works with groups of children from kindergarten and schools. Free lunch offered by the university and GOOD BYE.

12.00 – 14.00 Optional walk around in the city, guided tour


Kindest reminder:      Please get dressed according to the clothing guidelines. We will stay outdoors regardless of weather conditions.  Norway offers a good and detailed weather forecast at the weather service YR: See the forecast for Stavanger here

Best regards,
Monika Röthle, project manager