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

The footprints of Teaching Practice

The footprints of Teaching Practice

DNS 2017, the senior team, is now finalising one of the last periods of DNS programme: Teaching Practice. Teaching Practice lets us experiment in the reality of the classroom, apply teaching methodologies and most importantly, make mistakes and learn from them. However, teaching practice doesn’t end after the lessons. We also contribute to the teaching practice place by being in charge of the programme in the school and initiating a chosen project, our “Footprint”.

European Reality from the eyes of a DNS student

European Reality from the eyes of a DNS student

European Reality is a 6-months period, part of the second year of the DNS programme, during which the team moves to a bigger European City with the goal to find jobs, a House, learn about the European working class’ way of living, and get involved in the city’s cultural life. In this article, you can hear Laura from DNS17 expressing her view on the educational value of experiencing such a period!

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.

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