School Experience (EIS170)

Some students prefer to take a whole semester (30 ECTS) abroad. In such cases, the Comparative Educational Studies program will extend with practice related work (teaching practice and/or fieldwork, observations etc.) to a total of 10 ECTS.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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This module offers students the possibility to experience and inquire educational practice in kindergarten or primary school in a Norwegian context.

Learning outcome

This module facilitates for the student to acquire following knowledge, skills, and competence:


  • Have knowledge about the learning environment and teaching approaches in kindergarten or primary schools in Norway


  • Be able to describe and reflect on educational features in a comparative perspective
  • Be able to discuss, reflect and compare educational practice in their home countries with the Norwegian one.


  • Be able to collaborate in a European team of teachers
  • Be able to reflect on how to apply/adapt different kind of practice in different contexts.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written assignment 1/1 Letter grades

A written assignment based on observation from practice and linked to theoretical perspectives. The assignment can be conducted individually (2500 - 3000 words) or in pairs (4000 - 4500 words).This assignment will be evaluated by an internal along with an external sensor, and assessed on a scale from A-F, where A-E denotes pass and F denotes fail. If students do the assignment in pairs, the awarded mark will apply to both students. The grade achieved will be the final assessment.

Coursework requirements

School placement and seminars on campus are mandatory

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Sara Esmaeeli

Course teacher:

Anita Stokkeland Øen

Study Adviser:

Inger Marie Øglænd

Method of work

This module starts after students have completed the 20 ECTS course. The placement in early childhood setting or schools lasts 20 days. The students will be placed in a kindergarten or primary school in accordance with the focus of their training requirements. The kind of practice during the placement would be different from teaching practice to only observation, and other kinds of field work.

When the student is not teaching his or her own lessons during the placement, (s) he is expected to work with the teachers, assisting small groups or individual children. During the placement the student is also expected to contribute to the life of the school in general.

The students will get supervision from their mentor at the placement. In addition there will be arranged seminars at the University in which they can reflect and analyze their learning experiences in the classroom/kindergarten. These seminars, leaded by a tutor, also prepare students for the final assignment.

Open for

Exchange Students at Faculty of Arts and Education

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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