What to Expect?
A basic description of each class
DESIGN BASED EDUCATION
Design-Based Education (DBE) is the new educational approach implemented at NHL Stenden university after the recent fusion of NHL Hogeschool and Stenden University. Within the newly formed institution, DBE aims to allow students to identify problems in the real world, to discover what theory has to contribute to a possible solution, and to then develop, implement and refine ideas for practice that reflect their collaborative learning. Process is key in this endeavour, and, very much like the students, we are excited to develop this approach and to try out, implement and refine in collaboration with our enthusiastic student body, our colleagues in International Schools and the wider environment. Rooted in a tradition of inquiry-based learning, DBE embodies a philosophy of trying out, making mistakes and learning by doing, alongside others who share a vision, a goal and an approach towards learning.
For more information, check out this article from our lecturer Natalie Shaw.
Educational Studies is taught in Years 1-4 and is, as you'd expect, a course on how to teach. It incorporates classroom management strategies, lesson planning and leadership skills.
We will take a closer look at developmental and observation psychology, teaching basics and how to apply them in your teaching practice school and in your future classroom.
"It's about the development of the children and how we use the information to teach the children." Rabia E.~ Year 1 Student
Democratic Citizenship is a well rounded class incorporating all the cultural elements needed to be an international teacher. It will help you expand you world view and discover the cultural challenges that may occur in your future classroom.
ENGLISH AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
English as an International language includes the knowledge of the different types of English around the world and how to teach this language to children. It involves how to teach the basics of English literacy including reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning English should be fun for all the children, whether their level of English is at advanced or beginner. In this class you will cover it all.
Academic English is for developing your own English skills. At the end of the first year, you are required to have a C1 level of English, as at the end of course, you need to have a C2 level. As a teacher teaching a language to children, it is very important you control the language itself first. This class will help you, for example with expanding your vocabulary, understanding of expressions, practise grammar and many more, which comes in handy for your assignments as well.
Mathematics is given in the first and second year of the ITEPS course. Here we not only improve our own skills, but also learn the reasoning behind it. Math is supposed to be fun and here we learn how to teach mathematics in a way it is challenging and fun for children.
Within this class we have two separate weeks of teaching practice, where the focus is put on teaching mathematics to children of all ages.
In tutor hour you talk about your personal development as a teacher and how you can grow further. You work on your portfolio and discuss your teaching practice. Sharing your knowledge, experiences and reflecting with your peers is a great way to learn. In this class you will also discuss the happenings at school itself and share information. You talk about assignments, difficulties and class opinions.
RESEARCH & ACADEMIC WORKING METHODS
At the end of Year 2 and 3, you will be asked to hand in a research paper. In year 4, your bachelor thesis will replace this research. This class is a prepatory course giving you the skills and knowledge necessary to write a powerful bachelor thesis.
In Year 2, you get introduced to accessing peer reviewed academic articles, analysing them, developing a topic, making a research proposal, doing desk research (based on existing research) and write a theoretical framework according to academic standards.
In Year 3 you get introduced to setting up and carrying out a small scale research project, based on desk research and empirical data collection in your teaching practice school and write a research report according to academic standards.