Child Development and Education in ScandinaviaSemester Course

Child Development & Diversity
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Child Development, Education / Educational Studies, Human Development
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Within the framework of Nordic pedagogy, investigate education and care, analyzing the discourse surrounding quality of life for children. Explore the pros and cons of free play, relationships to caregivers and peers in the welfare state, school readiness versus social pedagogy, and children’s exploration of nature in practicum, Study Tour, and on Field Studies.

Related Discipline(s)

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


Nanna Duchene

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Arts (Cand.) in Philosophy of Education 2012 from Aarhus University Denmark.   Associate Professor at University College South within disciplines: Philosophy of Education, Teaching Theory and Children with special needs. Several years of experience as Editor of Journals on Education. With DIS since 2021. 

Child Development and Diversity, Nanna Duchene

Jennifer Duncan-Bendix

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Ed. (Daycare and Primary School, Aarhus University, 2014). B.A. (Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Connecticut, 2006). Assistant Program Director of Child Development and Diversity, DIS, 2014-2021. Pedagogue in the International and Danish communities in Copenhagen, 2008-2010. Interests include 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

Malene Thorup

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Arts (Educational Psychology, Aarhus University, 2023). Projectleader and Pedagogical consultant, Strandvejsskolen (2023-present). Københavns Kommune Strandvejsskolen, Elementary School Teacher (January 2011-September 2021). AKT counselor with Behavior, Contact, and Well-being (July 2020-September 2021). Christiansborg Palace Administration, Cultural Educator in the Representative Rooms at Christiansborg and themed tours (2007-2011). With DIS since 2023.