Year 1: The International Practice Field

The aim of The International Practice Field is for the students to acquire an extensive knowledge and insight into global, international, and national realities. The first year is divided into 4 periods, each with their own headlines, aims and content.

The 1st year has four periods in total:

 

 

GETTING READY  · 2 months of preparations

The international field of practice starts with a two-month preparation period where the students prepare themselves as a team to travel overland from Denmark to Western Africa.

Courses and individual studies focus on social science about the African Continent, cultural geography, international relations, study techniques, economy, development, research methods, languages, science, and world religions.

Buying and rebuilding a bus into a rolling dorm / classroom / kitchen / library is a major part of the programme.

Some students take a driver’s license to be able to drive the bus. All students learn about defensive driving and bus mechanics.

1. GETTING READY  · 2 months of preparations

The international field of practice starts with a two-month preparation period where the students prepare themselves as a team to travel overland from Denmark to Western Africa.

Courses and individual studies focus on social science about the African Continent, cultural geography, international relations, study techniques, economy, development, research methods, languages, science, and world religions.

Buying and rebuilding a bus into a rolling dorm / classroom / kitchen / library is a major part of the programme.

Some students take a driver’s license to be able to drive the bus. All students learn about defensive driving and bus mechanics.

ON THE ROAD · 4 months of travelling

Bus travel through Europe, North Africa and the Sahara Desert and further to Western Africa.

In the past years the route in Africa has been: Morocco – Western Sahara – Mauritania – Senegal – Gambia – Sengeal – Guinea Bissau.

On the study trip the students carry out field investigations and learn about the living conditions of the people they meet on their journey. In Guinea Bissau they participate in local projects in cooperation with a teacher training college in Bissau.

The purpose of the study trip is  to establish an authentic understanding of the Global Reality.

 

2. ON THE ROAD · 4 months of travelling

Bus travel through Europe, North Africa and the Sahara Desert and further to Western Africa.

In the past years the route in Africa has been: Morocco – Western Sahara – Mauritania – Senegal – Gambia – Sengeal – Guinea Bissau.

On the study trip the students carry out field investigations and learn about the living conditions of the people they meet on their journey. In Guinea Bissau they participate in local projects in cooperation with a teacher training college in Bissau.

The purpose of the study trip is  to establish an authentic understanding of the Global Reality.

BRINGING IT TO THE PUBLIC · 4 months of sharing

The International Field of Practice is concluded with a three-month evaluation, production and sharing period, where the students use the extensive materials they have gathered on the study trip to write reports, edit videos, make educational materials, teach and give presentations about the lives of the people in Africa.

The students also organise a Peace Justice Conference on the campus, with other partners.

 

 

 

 

3. BRINGING IT TO THE PUBLIC · 4 months of sharing

The International Field of Practice is concluded with a three-month evaluation, production and sharing period, where the students use the extensive materials they have gathered on the study trip to write reports, edit videos, make educational materials, teach and give presentations about the lives of the people in Africa.

The students also organise a Peace Justice Conference on the campus, with other partners.

SAVING UP · 3 months of work

The first year of the DNS education ends with a three-month period where the students do pedagogical or other work to generate funds for the forthcoming year.

In this way they also gain valuable work experience and contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

4. SAVING UP · 3 months of work

The first year of the DNS education ends with a three-month period where the students do pedagogical or other work to generate funds for the forthcoming year.

In this way they also gain valuable work experience and contacts.

 

The World is Our Classroom and the bus is our home on our journey to Western Africa.

Investigating the Moroccan reality in our own bus

Education Overview

 

Yr 1: The International Field of Practice

... where your team travels to Africa in your own bus.

  • Travel overland to Guinea Bissau
  • Do field investigations
  • Learn about globalization and capitalism
  • Share your experiences back in Europe

 

Yr 2: The European Field of Practice

... where you experience & influence a local community.

  • Live in a European city with your team
  • Learn from the working class
  • Create campaigns to promote sustainability, peace & education in your local community

 

Yr 3: The School Practice Field

... wherer you learn the trade of a teacher.

  • Teach in a school
  • Create projects with your students
  • Learn about pedagogical theories
  • Hone your skills to become Another Kind of Teacher

Yr 4: The Specialisation Year

... where you put your skills into practice and take it to the next level.

  • Develop social and educational projects with your team mates
  • Become an expert within your chosen field
  • Put your skills and knowledge into practice, somewhere in Europe

 

Exams at the end of the 1st Year:

Exams at the end of the 1st Year:

DNS offers a non-traditional bachelor of pedagogical science
DNS offers a non-traditional bachelor of pedagogical science
DNS offers a non-traditional bachelor of pedagogical science

Students will also complete the first exam (of two in total) in the following subjects:

DNS offers a non-traditional bachelor of pedagogical science
DNS offers a non-traditional bachelor of pedagogical science

“IMAGES” · Experiences from the 1st Year at DNS

Interview with a DNS teacher – meet Svetlana

Interview with a DNS teacher – meet Svetlana

To choose the path of teaching took me some time, I must say. It started on my very first 1st of September, this is the day when the school year starts in Lithuania. I simply loved it. And I am not talking about the lessons and tests, but about all the kinds of people I got to interact with and about the learning process that was happening there, somehow in between lessons most of the time. Though I was in love with the school and Summer holidays always seemed too long of a break, I never thought I will become a teacher. It is now, when I reflect, I see lots of sense in my actions and choices that led me to choose this profession.

What is language, and its hidden value

What is language, and its hidden value

Imagine you had to make a list, a catalogue, of all that exists. Where would you start?
You would probably look around, and start to name or to write down everything that you see or that comes to your mind. Soon, you would come across some dilemmas, and start to notice that it is not always so easy to establish what exists and what doesn’t. Do feelings exist, since they are not seen in the material world but just experienced internally? Probably yes, you would say. But then, do fictional characters exist, since they are not seen in the material world but just experienced mentally? This is a bit more challenging. Another dilemma: is a chair something that exists on its own? Or is it rather nothing but the sum of the pieces of wood that it is made of? Then maybe we shouldn’t include chairs on our catalogue of all that exists, it is enough to write ‘wood’. But following this line of thoughts, isn’t wood just a sum of molecules, which in turn are just a sum of atoms? Shouldn’t we then just write ‘atoms’ in our list? As you might have observed, the catalogue is very much subject to interpretation: a particle physicist’s catalogue will probably end up looking very different from your very own catalogue.

The Invisible Wall

The Invisible Wall

The Invisible WallsThere is such a huge contrast in going through different countries on land. Not by flying and suddenly arriving to a place, but gradually traveling through landscapes. The scenery changes slowly, our eyes adapt to the shift in various forms,...

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