Studieinfo emne BLH3340 2022 HØST
BLH3340 Play, movement, nature and outdoor education – Nordic Childhoods Emneplan
- Engelsk emnenavn
- Play, movement, nature and outdoor education – Nordic Childhoods
Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, heltid / Play, movement, nature and outdoor education – Nordic Childhoods
- 30 stp.
The Nordic countries have a long tradition of outdoor education. This course focuses on play and movement, and experimental work related to a variety of environments in educational contexts. The course will have a theoretical and practical approach to the topics. The students’ own experiences from acting, moving and living in nature are a key element in the course. Field trips and hiking tours are embedded in the course.
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 provide insight into and competency in outdoor education, play and movement and how to organise didactic courses and activities for children. Furthermore, the students will compare the knowledge they acquire with the pedagogical traditions in their own country. The pedagogical project has a problem-based focus on 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 visits to 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.
After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The student has developed knowledge of
• outdoor activities and environmental ethics in different aspects of pedagogical work
• physical literacy
• motor development and learning
• different approaches to outdoor didactics
• sustainable development
• in-depthstudy of the topics presented
The student has developed
• basic skills in outdoor life (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
• an awareness of and reflections on education and child welfare - values and practices in
in a Nordic and comparative perspective
• competencies to analyse 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 on natural science, food literacy and physical education
• Practical work in selected biotopes
• Motor behaviour, physical activity, play and risk-taking
• Role model and gender awareness in pedagogical work outdoors
• The Nordic concept of "friluftsliv" (outdoor life)
• A more in-depth study of a chosen topic
Childhood in a Nordic welfare system
• Education, cultural formation and childhood
• Critical reflective work on play, movement and outdoor education
• Physical literacy and motor development
• Different cultural traditions and pedagogical approaches to outdoor activities
• Focus on the relevant target group in the student`s educational system
Field experience, reflective practice and didactics regarding play, movement, nature, food and
• Different approaches to outdoor didactics and sustainable development
• Development work related to institutional work
• Comparative approaches to cultural and pedagogical traditions
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Different teaching methods will be used, such as lectures, 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 student can sit the exam:
- Carry out a one-day hike or overnight stay in the forest and an oral presentation of experiences from the hike.
- Group work (four to six participants): A written paper based on a subject addressed in the course in agreement with the teacher (1,500- 1,900 words).
- Make a poster in groups (four to six participants) on a selected topic in agreement with the teacher. The poster will be presented at a presentation day with the class. Each group has to give a presentation of the poster to the class (approx. 10 minutes).
Coursework requirements must be met by the deadlines. Coursework requirements are evaluated as pass/fail. Valid absence documented by a medical certificate or similar is not an excuse for not meeting the coursework requirements. Students who, due to illness or other valid and documented reasons, do not meet the coursework requirements by the deadlines, may be given longer deadlines. A new deadline for meeting the coursework requirements is agreed with the relevant teacher in each case.
Coursework requirements are evaluated with a pass/fail. Students who meet the coursework requirements by the deadline, but are awarded a fail grade, shall be given another attempt to meet the coursework requirements. A new deadline for meeting the coursework requirements is agreed with the relevant teacher in each case.
Vurdering og eksamen
The final assessment is based on two parts.
- Individual oral exam (approx. 30 minutes). Each student has to prepare an individual presentation from one of the listed topics (maximum 12 minutes). The exam is evaluated by two internal examiners.
- The second part consists of an individual paper on a chosen subject addressed in the course in agreement with the teacher (2,500- 3,000 words).
The individual paper should
- have an individually chosen topic from the subject areas presented in the course
- be a more in-depth study of this individually chosen subject
- focus on the target group relevant to the student’s own educational system.
The paper can
- be a purely theoretical study/analysis
- include practical studies
- test out educational ideas linked to the subject
The topic must be approved by the student’s supervisor.
Resit/rescheduled exams shall take place within reasonable time after the ordinary exam. The regulations on sitting a resit/rescheduled exam are set out in the ‘Regulations relating to studies and examinations at Oslo Metropolitan University’. The student is responsible for registering for a resit/rescheduled exam.
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 The grade scale will be in accordance with the ECTS grading scale, with A - E as pass grades and F as a fail grade.
Part 2 The grade scale will be pass/fail.
Part one: The exam is evaluated by two internal examiners. Overall exam procedures will be reviewed and approved by an external examiner.
Part two: The exam is evaluated by two internal examiners.
The target groups are:
• Students in the third year of the fulltime/seventh semester of the part time Bachelor
Programme in Early Childhood Education at Oslo Metropolitan University.
• International exchange students at the 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 fulltime studyprogramme in English for students of Early
Childhood and Primary School Teacher Education. The period of study will be for four months.
The course may be taken as an elective in-depth programme by students in their final year
of the Bachelor Programme in Early Childhood Education at Oslo Metropolitan University.
For students at the Department of Early Childhood Education:
- 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 the Faculty of Education and International Studies from preschool and primary school teacher education institutions. Students from other academic areas may also be accepted.
For international exchange students:
- Admission as an international student at the Faculty of Education and International Studies. Students from other academic areas may also be accepted. Students must have completed at least two years of their undergraduate degree studies at their home institution in order to be accepted.