This module is a mandatory part of the course and is divided into two parts:
A.) Introduction to Norwegian education which provides information about education in Norway.
B.) Inclusive education offering a comparative understanding of the Norwegian approach
The introduction part provides foreign students with knowledge about the Norwegian education system and experiences with the Norwegian approach to outdoor education. It creates a background for the other modules and a possibility to enhance the students' reflexive competence.
The inclusive education part consists of lectures, group work, and 5 full days of school-based practice during which students conduct a small research assignment. The module is designed to provide comparative knowledge and understanding of inclusive education in Norway from an international perspective.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Norwegian educational policy on inclusive education
Educational systems and traditions in Norway
Outdoor education: Learning outside the classroom, ideas and practice
The distinction between inclusive education vs. special education
Learning and participation in schools and kindergarten
An organization-theory approach on inclusion - dilemmas and challenges
National anti-bullying initiatives in Norway
After successful completion of the module, students are able to:
Describe the educational system and approach in Norway
Reflect on educational approaches from a comparative perspective
Know about different ways of defining inclusive education
Describe and discuss characteristics of inclusive education related to classroom practices in Norwegian schools
Discuss adapted education and differentiation
Describe official Norwegian policy on inclusive education, including anti-bullying initiatives
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Final examination is an essay-based exam, which can be written individually (2500 - 3000 words) or in pairs (4000-4500 words). The essay is written according to guidelines provided during the course. The content is a reflection on inclusive education observed in the school/kindergarten placement.The assignment is assessed on a scale from A-F, where A-E denotes pass (A is the highest achievement) and F denotes fail.
All lectures, seminars are mandatory. School/Kindergarten placement is mandatory, Assignment
Introduction: a written assignment (1000 -1200 words), reflecting on experiences and professional development as student teachers in Norway. This assignment is assessed with "approved/not approved".
The module is organised through lectures, group work and student presentations. Active participation in classroom activities and group work is required. The course includes one week school/kindergarten placement. In connection to this, the students will carry out a small research assignment.
Students will participate in International Week together with international students to engage in Outdoor education; details will be provided in a specific programme.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.