Child Development & Diversity

The Scandinavian approach to childhood is progressive, sparking discussion about parenting, childcare, and culture. Through your practicum experience and reflection on current issues, gain new perspectives on 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
  • In your weekly practicum, develop interpersonal competencies by actively engaging at a Danish childcare institution or school

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you study child development, education, human development, or family studies, and want to gain knowledge of international theories and practices within the discipline of child and adolescent development.

I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher, so for my practicum, it has been ideal to be in a primary school with students grades 0-9. I am able to observe a classroom environment unique to Danish schools, participate in activities led by the teachers, and even lead my own activities with the classes … I think it’s rare for a study abroad institution to offer such a wide range of experiential learning sites the way DIS does, and I know my experience in Denmark would not be the same without my practicum.”

– Eden, Lehigh University

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