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Inclusive Education

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This module is a mandatory part of the course and is divided into two parts:
A.) Introduction to Norwegian education which provides information about education in Norway.
B.) Inclusive education offering comparative understanding of the Norwegian approach
The introduction part provides foreign students with some knowledge about the education system and experiences with the Norwegian approach to outdoor education. It creates a background for the other modules and a possibility to enhance the students reflexive competence.
The inclusive education part consists of lectures, group work, and 5 full days of school-based practice during which students conduct a small research assignment. The module is designed to provide comparative knowledge and understanding of inclusive education in Norway from an international perspective.

Learning outcome

This module facilitates for the students to acquire following skills and knowledge:
  • Describe the educational system and approach in Norway
  • Reflect on educational approaches from a comparative perspective
  • Know about different ways of defining inclusive education
  • Describe and discuss characteristics of inclusive education related to classroom practices in Norwegian schools
  • Discuss adapted education and differentiation
  • Describe official Norwegian policy on inclusive education, including anti-bullying initiatives


  • Norwegian educational policy on inclusive education
  • Educational system and -traditions in Norway
  • Outdoor education: Learning outside the classroom, ideas and practice
  • Inclusive education / special education
  • Learning and participation in schools
  • An organization-theory approach on inclusion - dilemmas and challenges
  • National anti-bullying initiatives in Norway

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written assignment1/1 A - F
One written examination related to participation in this module (3500 words +/- 10%). The text is written together with students visiting the same school/kindergarten. Minimum two students together, maximum three. The text is written according to guidelines provided during the course. The content is a reflection on including and excluding processes observed in the school/kindergarten placement. These observations need to be related to theoretical perspectives, as well as compared with educational practices in the home country.
The assignment is assessed on a scale from A-F, where A-E denotes pass (A is the highest achievement) and F denotes fail. Students within each group are expected to contribute in equal manner and will receive the same grade.

Coursework requirements

All lectures, seminars are mandatory. School/Kindergarten placement is mandatory, Assignment
All students have to submit an assignment (1000 -1200 words), in which they summarize and reflect on their experiences and professional development as student teachers in Norway.
This assignment is assessed with "approved/not approved".

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Charlotte Bøgwald
Course coordinator
Marieke Gerdien Bruin
Programme coordinator
Inger Marie Øglænd , Olav Kylland

Method of work

The module is organised through lectures, group work and student presentations. Active participation in classroom activities and group work is required. The course includes one week school/kindergarten placement (primary/lower secondary school). In connection to this, the students will carry out a small research assignment.
Students will participate in International Week together with international students to engage in Outdoor education; details will be provided in a specific programme.

Course assessment

Student evaluation.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2020