Since 2017, Humber’s Early Childhood Education Department has partnered with University College Lillebaelt (UCL) to provide experiential learning for students from both institutions. In addition to a focus on social inclusion and pedagogy, UCL has a long tradition of incorporating nature into pedagogical practices. Many early learning settings in and around Odense have nature embedded into the curriculum. http://www.thelocal.dk/20160331/is-danish-parenting-as-wild-as-the-world-thinks
The goals of the partnership are to:
Partnership with University College Lillebaelt
Since 2017, students in Humber’s Early Childhood Education Diploma Program have the opportunity to complete a 5-week field placement in Odense, Denmark, with one of our partner institutions, University College Lillebaelt. The experience (mid-May to mid-June) includes field placement, class visits, and a rustic camping trip, and provides students with the mandatory 25 days of field practicum for their winter or summer semester. Students also complete the Global Citizenship Certificate by the end of their placement.
The field placements are with local Forest Schools, a part of Denmark’s history since the 1950s.
See one of our graduates, Ranjit Saini in the local Odense news during her 4th semester placement >
"Their uses of the forest and natural playground will be extremely transferable to the schools I will be working with in my future." – Debbie
"I would love the opportunity to do another placement abroad and would jump at the opportunity to return back to Denmark to complete a placement. This experience has also sparked an interest in learning more about outdoor education around the world and looking into furthering my studies in this area abroad." – Rebecca
"I learned so much about what can be explored within the outdoor environment, such as methods of enhancing empathy and risk-taking play among children." – Pearl