Den Europæiske Lærer – et interkulturelt blik på lærerprofessionalitet


Kort beskrivelse af Den Eropæiske Lærer fra studieordningen

Modulet har til formål at:

  • styrke interkulturelle kompetencer
  • give indblik i og erfaring med didaktisk og pædagogisk praksis på en skole i et andet land
  • styrke den studerendes blik for eget kulturelle ståsted og implicitte og eksplicitte faglige værdier igennem komparativt arbejde
  • give den studerende viden om og erfaring med andre metoder i det lærerfaglige arbejde
  • give den studerende erfaring med at arbejde analytisk med egen praksis igennem feltarbejde

Introduktion til faget

Faget Den Europæiske Lærer forgår over to måneder i et land i Europa og fjerne undervisning fra Metropol. I forblindelse med den europæiske skal de studerene opleve et Europæisk land skolesystem, ved at have dagligdag på en skole i det pågældende land. Fjern undervisningen vil koncentrere sig om at give de studerende et interkulturelt og komparative syn på uddannelse.

Louise og jeg skal til Glasgow og se det skotske skolesystem på Avenue End Primary. Modulet vil varer fra d. 18. september til om med d. 17. november. På Avenue End Primary vil vi komme til at arbejde med næsten alle klasserne i løbet af de to månederne og der med får vi lov til at se de forskellige aldersgrupper. Vi er meget spænde på at se forskelle og ligheder og lærer det skotske sprog beder at kende.


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Avenue end

We have spent the last two months at Avenue End Primary School in order to get comparative view of the school system in Denmark and Scotland. There are many aspects of the school system that are immensely interesting but what really peaked our interest is the school-parent relationship.

Similarities

On a basis level there might be some similarities like all students have a parent or guardian, the parents are required to ensure their children get an education. They are invited to parents evening ,showcases and performances. But the Danish and Scottish parents-school relationships are viewed very differently.

Differences – Parents-line

The most obvious difference is the physical parents-line on Avenue End’s school ground. In Denmark parents are always allowed and welcome into the school and it is very common for parents to walk their children to the classroom before the days begin and not line up, as in Avenue End. This rules of the parent-line is not always upheld and parents cross over to talk to the staff and make sure that their child(ren) line up nicely. A line like this is very common in the Scottish school system and there are even schools that won’t allow parents on school grounds without a meeting.

Differences – Open door policy

Another huge difference is that, in Scotland, the main contact with parents lies with management and not the teachers whereas it is most common in Denmark.

Unlike other schools, in Scotland, Avenue End has an open-door policy which means that parents can show up at the office during the school day and there will be a distinctive bing-bong calling for a member of management to help them.This takes a lot of pressure of class teachers and lets them focus on their main purpose which is to teach the pupils.

Differences – Class teacher

In Denmark the main contact from the school is from the class teacher with everything from a fight in the playground, homework assignments to invitations to school dances. As we have seen it at Avenue End these jobs are handled by management teams and school office. One of the ways class teachers have contact with parents is through school performances, christmas fairs and parents nights.

The Danish teachers rely on an online platform where everything is communicated. At Avenue End the school uses physical notes for the children to take home to their parents or guardians.

At Avenue End some teachers use the Dojo system to communicate with the parents on small matters like sharing photos or letting the parents know that the children have received some kind of reward.

As we mentioned before some parents cross the parents-line to talk to a teacher without an appointment which is required by unofficial rules and all teachers have a different way of viewing this tendency.

 What we can bring home

Our stay at Avenue End has shown us some of the ways of dealing with parents can be dealt with differently and it is definitely something we want to incorporate back in Denmark. It is especially the thought of having an active management that support teachers and cope with difficult parents and sensitive matters, that appeals to us.

Due to Denmark online communication there is a sense that teachers are available 24/7 which is very demanding of the teacher and takes focus from the learning. We would like to have some office hours to put up some boundaries.