Emneplan forBLH3340 Play, movement, nature and outdoor education – Nordic Childhoods
The Nordic countries have a long tradition for outdoor education. This course have focus on
play – movement, and experimental work related to a variety of environments in educational
contexts. The course will treat the topics both theoretically and practically. Central in the
course is self-experiences from acting, moving and living in nature. Field trips and hiking
tours are embedded.
The course content is based on the two disciplines Natural science and Physical education.
With kindergartens and schools as the target area, the course seeks to give insight in and
competency in out-door education, play and movement and how to organize didactic courses
and activities for children. Furthermore, the students will have to compare the achieved
knowledge to the pedagogical traditions in their own country. The focus for the pedagogical
project is problem based regarding play, movement, nature and/or outdoor education.
Joint events with the other Nordic Childhoods courses are integrated, as overnight trips and
outdoor excursions. The courses focus on play, learning by doing, experience and workshops
and also visit schools, kindergartens and other institutions.
The language of all teaching and supervision is English, and the students should therefore
have a working knowledge of both spoken and written English.
The student has developed knowledge about
• outdoor activities and environmental ethics in different aspects of pedagogical work
• physical literacy
• motor development and learning
• different approaches to outdoor didactics
• sustainable development
• a deeper study about the topics presented
The student has developed
• basic skills in friluftsliv
• practical skills in (working with different approaches to) outdoor didactics
• skills in working with play and bodily movement in different environments
The student has developed
• consciousness and reflections on education and child welfare – values and practices in
in a Nordic and comparative perspective
• competencies to analyze and communicate gender-related professional issues related
to outdoor education
• knowledge about cultural and comparative pedagogical approaches in different
• knowledge about writing an academic paper
The topics of study are:
Play, movement, nature and outdoor education.
• Outdoor education in different natural environments
• Play and movement in nature and outdoor environments
• Practical work with natural science, food literacy and physical education
• Practical work in selected biotopes
• Motor behavior, physical activity play and risk-taking
• Role model and gender awareness in pedagogical work outdoors
• The Nordic concept of “friluftsliv”
• A deeper study of a chosen topic
Childhood in a Nordic welfare system
• Education, cultural formation and childhood
• Critical reflective work with play, movement and outdoor education
• Physical literacy and motor development
• Different cultural traditions and pedagogical approaches to outdoor activities
• Focus on the target group actual to the educational system of the student
Field experience, reflective practice and didactic regarding play, movement, nature, food and
• Different approaches to outdoor didactics and sustainable development
• Development work connected to institutional work
• Comparative approaches on cultural and pedagogical traditions
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Different study methods will be used, such as lecture dialogue in the classroom, activities, and
hands -on training, reflective practice, self-directed work in groups, individual work, text
reading, field study, paper writing and presentations. English is the language of instruction in
Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter
The following coursework requirements must be met before the examination may be sat:
• Carry out a one-day hike or overnight stay in the forest and an oral presentation of
experiences from the hike.
• Group work (4- 6 people): A written paper based on a subjects treated in the course in
agreement with teacher. (1500- 1900 words)
• Make a poster in groups (four to six participants) within a selected topic in agreement
with teacher. The poster is then to be presented at a presentation day with the class. Each
group have to give a presentation of the poster to the class (approximately 10 minutes).
Coursework requirements shall be met within fixed deadlines. Coursework requirements are
evaluated Passed/Not Passed. Valid absence documented by such as a medical certificate is
not an excuse from not meeting the coursework requirements. Students who, due to illness or
other valid and documented reasons, do not meet the coursework requirements within the
fixed deadlines, may be given a postponed deadline. A new deadline for meeting the
coursework requirements is in each case agreed upon with the relevant teacher.
Coursework requirements are evaluated Passed/Not Passed. Students who meet the
coursework requirements within the fixed deadline, but are evaluated as Not Passed, shall be
given the possibility to meet the coursework requirements one more time. A new deadline for
meeting the coursework requirements is in each case agreed upon with the relevant teacher.
Vurdering og eksamen
Final assessment is based on two parts.
1. Individual oral examination (approximately 30 minutes). Each student has to prepare an
individually presentation from one of the contents points (maximum 12 minutes). The
assessment is evaluated by two internal examiners.
2. The second assessment consists of an individual paper on a chosen subject treated in the
course in agreement with teacher (2500- 3000 words).
The individual paper should
• have an individually chosen theme from the subject areas presented in the course
• be a deeper study of this individually chosen subject
• focus on the target group actual to the educational system of the student.
The paper can
• be a purely theoretic study/analysis
• include practice studies
• be a tryout of educational ideas connected to the subject
The topic must be approved by the students’ supervisor.
Hjelpemidler ved eksamen
Part two: All examination suppert materials are permitted. However, Sources musts be stated in accordance with
applicable rules for source References.
Part 1 Grading scale will be according to the ECTS grading scale, with A – E as pass grades
and F as fail grade.
Part 2 Grading scale will be according to pass/fail
Part one: The assessment is evaluated by two internal examiners. Overall examination
procedures will be reviewed and approved by external examiner.
Part two: The assessment is evaluated by two internal examiners.
Target groups are:
• Students in the third year of the full time/seventh semester of the part time Bachelor
Programme in Early Childhood Education at Oslo Metropolitan University.
• International exchange students at Faculty of Education and International Studies from
preschool and primary school teacher education institutions. Students from other
academic areas may also be accepted.
Students must be prepared to participate in various outdoor activities.
The course is designed to offer a full-time study-program in English for students of Early
Childhood and Primary School Teacher Education. The period of study will be for 4 months.
The course may be taken as an elective in-depth study program by students in their final year
of the Early Childhood Bachelor Education program at Oslo Metropolitan University.
For students at Department of Early Childhood Education:
• Admission to Bachelor Programme in Early Childhood Education. Special
requirements applies, please see “Programplan for bachelorstudium i
barnehagelærerutdanning, heltid/deltid”. Students in their third or fourth year of the Primary School Teacher Education program at Oslo Metroplitan University may also
For international exchange students:
• Admission as an international student at Faculty of Education and International
Studies. Students from other academic areas may also be accepted. Students must have
completed at least two year of their undergraduate degree studies at their home
institution in order to be accepted.
- Engelsk emnenavn
- Play, movement, nature and outdoor education – Nordic Childhoods
- Høst: Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, arbeidsplassbasert / Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, heltid
- 30 stp.
- HØST 2020
- Høst 2020: Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, arbeidsplassbasert / Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, heltid