Child Development & Diversity

Enrich and develop your critical thinking skills through investigating and reflecting on current issues in child development and education.

Program Highlights

  • Delve into a cross-cultural approach to childhood and adolescence and reflect on the unique Nordic pedagogy of ‘the good childhood’
  • Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to explore cross-cultural European educational methods by visiting practitioners, researchers, and childcare and youth institutions
  • Develop interpersonal competencies in your weekly practicum by engaging actively with a Danish childcare institution, public school, or a high school

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you study child development, social policy, human development, family studies, anthropology, education, or sociology, and want to enhance your intercultural skills and explore international theories and practices within the discipline of child and adolescent development.

On our short study tour, we visited one of the ‘forest kindergartens’ in Denmark. I loved every minute of my time at the kindergarten. The children are so independent and their imaginations were fantastic. I made cakes out of sand, dug for gold in the sandbox, and ran around with the kids… I also had a great conversation with one of the teachers about children’s boundaries and independence. I can’t wait to compare it with my practicum and the schools in the U.S.”

– Raeven Jones-Kelley, Haverford College

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