Child Development and Education in Scandinavia PracticumSemester Course

Child Development in Scandinavia Practicum, Semester Course
Corequisite Course(s)
Major Discipline(s)
Child Development, Education / Educational Studies, Human Development
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course emphasizes and integrates application of research, critical reflection, and hands-on experience in Danish pedagogy in order to explore the connection between pedagogical approaches and professional practices with young children. You are placed in a Danish childcare or school setting one day a week for a total of 45-55 hours per semester. This course builds the bridge between the theories you explore in your core class, and the experiences you have in practice.

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Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Anthropology, Sociology


Heidi Vikkelsø Nielsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Pæd (DPU, Aarhus University, 2014). BA School Teacher, (Blaagaard Seminarium, 2004). School teacher 2004-2011, union representative 2005-2011. Teaching vulnerable, bilingual teenagers in extracurricular topics at Ungdomsskolen (2011-2013). Volunteer counselor at the children’s phone, Børns Vilkår (2012-2013). Student assistant in a research project on the Danish dagpleje (home care) at Aarhus University (2013). Member of the ad hoc group across researchers and practitioners called “community teachers”, focusing on inventing “the community Didaktik” as a tool to prevent school bullying. With DIS since 2013.

Child Development and Diversity, Heidi Vikkelsø Nielsen

Jennifer Duncan-Bendix

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters of Education for Daycare and Primary School (Aarhus University, 2014). BA (Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Connecticut, 2006). Assistant Program Director of Child Development and Diversity, DIS  (2014-present). Pedagogue in the International and Danish communities in Copenhagen (2008-2010). I am specifically interested in  the cross-cultural practices, discourses, and research related to how we create active and caring environments for young children.  With DIS since 2007.

Child Diversity & Development, Jennifer Duncan-Bendix