The intensive course ‘Comparative Studies in Education with a Focus on Inclusion in a Baltic-Nordic Context (CSEI)’ represents the cooperation between several Baltic and Nordic institutions of higher education in addressing inclusion from an educational point of view. The course has been carried out for a third time in autumn 2015 (academic year 2015-16).
The intensive course 2015 has addressed comparative studies in education in a broad context in connection with inclusive education, and the two aspects are seen in the perspective of life-long learning – in formal and non-formal contexts.
The intensive course worked within the following headings:
- Developing participating students’ professional competences for organising teaching and learning processes in order that pupils and learners in general and of different abilities and capabilities can learn inclusively
- Deepening the students’ intercultural and multilingual orientation
- Strengthening the students’ abilities to look into different age-groups, subjects, areas, cultural settings
- Developing the students’ skills in producing their own examples of activities for an ‘inclusive practice’
- Allowing participating students to compare and reflect on own and other educational systems and practices
- Supporting the students to focus on reflection as well as including explicitly theoretical contents in their assessments and presentations
- Further motivation on inclusion of out-door settings encouraging the work together explicitly giving a more flexible time-table thereby creating more space for discussions, activities and reflections
- Implementing the host students by asking them to welcome and introduce their home area in a positive and including way
- Encouraging the students in their work with carrying out a little comparative survey and a presentation of their thoughts on inclusion in different cultural settings, and good practices in the chosen field.
This Intensive Course has awarded 5 ECTS points.
Participants of the course
University College Lillebaelt, Denmark
University College Syddanmark, Denmark
University of Helsinki, Finland
Latvia University, Latvia
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Oslo and Akerhus University College, Norway
Uppsala University/Campus Gotland, Sweden
Akureyri University, Iceland
Each country was represented by 1-2 teachers and 3-5 students.