The Netherlands has had a leading position in the field of alternative education for a long time. Parents can choose a school based on the ideas of Maria Montessori, Helen Parkhurst, Peter Petersen, Celestin Freinet and many others. The most recent developments are schools based on the educational concept of ‘independent learning’.
These schools all share the idea that the foundation of education and pedagogy is to have confidence in children. Children must be provided with space to develop their own potential. The shared values of all these educational concepts are: independence, responsibility, autonomy, cooperation and reflection. In all these alternative schools children’s needs and the relationship with the teacher are dealt with in an innovative way. (See this film as illustration of the shared values in innovative schools).
At the end of this course you will have a lot of new ideas and inspiration to teach your own students in ‘the alternative way’. You will have to find your own way how to apply these ideas in your local situation, so do not expect to go home with a specific toolbox.
Reviews of last year:
“I’ve learned a lot and I’m going back home full of new ideas and knowing that we are doing our best to make the world a better place!”
“You learn so much in a short time and it’s all useful.
“It’s extremely practical and I can apply it in my own country!”
Housing through Utrecht Summer School