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Master in Special Education: Practical Skills Transformative Learning (2015-2017)


Studielengde
2 years
Heltid/ deltid
Heltid
Antall studiepoeng
120
Grad/ kompetanse
Master
Opptak
Lokalt opptak
Kode
3045
Avdeling
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Kull
2015/2017
Kontaktinformasjon

- Rune Hausstatter
   rune.hausstatter@hil.no

- Jenny Steinnes
   jenny.steinnes@hil.no

- Synnøve Myklestad
synnove.myklestad@hil.no

Tidligere års studieplaner
2014/2016
Studenttorget
studenttorg@hil.no
Telefon: 612 88000

This new international master programme in Special Education is fully taught in English and focuses on learning processes that arise when students engage in practical and estethical activities.

Through a combination of theoretical, practical and experimental approaches to special pedagogics we aim to facilitate critical debate and evaluate existing perspectives in the field. In addition we will work with developing new and innovative approaches in the field of education, especially with reference to children and young people with learning disabilities and / or special needs.

The primary goals of the Masters include:

  • Develop and create innovative practical approaches to teaching and learning in special needs education
  • Recognize and meet children and youth with disabilities and/ or special learning difficulties with knowledge, respect, dignity – in a collaborative process
  • Develop conscious awareness of educational potential, through the re-connection of the hand (practical), the heart (emotional) and the head (intellectual)
  • Develop conscious awareness of pedagogic possibilities and potential in new situations, contexts and locations
  • Facilitate transformative learning through the relocation of the point of learning from the head to the hands and heart
  • Effectively evaluate, reflect and research own practice in order to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning within a special needs context, reflecting the specific needs and resistances presented by the individual learner. 

Admission

(For EU/EEA/Swiss applicants only)

Admission to the Masters programme requires the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be competent in a practical aesthetical skill and have current experience of practice
  • Have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree in education, social education, social work, social care or similar, with at least 80 ECTS in education, social education, social work, social care.

Applicants must apply directly to Lillehammer University by 10 May.

Please follow these instructions carefully after you click on this link

  • Upper left screen there is a box with a drop down menu. Choose English
  • Below register/login international applicant press the button Login for users without Norwegian Identification Number.
  • Click on "Register international applicant".
  • Complete the form (first name, last name, e-mail address, date of birth, sex and citizenship) and press OK-save. You will receive a password by e-mail.
  • Use the password you receive by e-mail to log in through: Login international applicant.

In support of an application, applicants must submit the following:

  • Relevant bachelor's degree
  • Reflective essay on your professional practice describing skills, experience and relevance to the programme, to include a statement of why the student wants to be admitted onto the programme
  • Evidential professional practice portfolio
  • Copy of your foreign passport or ID card.

If you have completed studies/courses outside the Lillehammer University College, you must also upload courses descriptions. The course names and codes on the course descriptions must match the course names and codes on the transcript, and not come from previous curricula. A course description contains: -academic content, - prescribed books, - amount of teaching and other relevant information. 

Based on the applicant, relevant applicants will be invited for an admission interview. Canditates will then be selected on the basis of their qualifications and experience, and outcomes of the formal interview.





Courses

Kode Emnets navn SP. O/V *) Studiepoeng pr. semester
  S1(H) S2(V) S3(H) S4(V)
The philosophy of science and the
history of special education
15 O 15      
Research methods and situated
transformative action research
30 O 7,5 7,5 15  
Theoretical approaches to practical
skills transformative learning
15 O 7,5 7,5    
Special education and symptoms of
disabilities
15 O   15    
Work based learning: Enhancing
professional practice
15 O     15  
Master Thesis 30 O       30
Sum: 30 30 30 30
*) O - Obligatorisk emne, V - Valgbare emne

Se hele studieplanen..

Heltid/ deltid
Heltid
Studielengde
2 years
Grad/ kompetanse
Master
Kull
2015/2017
Kontaktinformasjon

- Rune Hausstatter
   rune.hausstatter@hil.no

- Jenny Steinnes
   jenny.steinnes@hil.no

- Synnøve Myklestad
synnove.myklestad@hil.no

Faglig innhold/læringsutbytte

Learning outcomes

Knowledge:

At the end of the programme the student will have demonstrated:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the theory of knowledge and a critical understanding of different ideologies, paradigms and perspectives in special education
  • A comprehensive understanding of research methodology its applicability in varied contexts
  • A comprehensive understanding of learning theories and teaching methods, explored through direct experience of implementation in different locations and settings
  • A reflective awareness of the influence and importance of space, materials and practice in facilitating transformation and transformative learning

Skills:

At the end of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • Identify pedagogic opportunities in children and young peoples’ development and learning journey
  • Undertake critical reflection and evaluation of academic arguments in respect of practical  and theoretical problems
  • Carry out independent and original robust research, using appropriate methods
  • Take responsibility for own autonomous learning and self transformation
  • Communicate research findings in an effective and accessible way, orally and in writing.
  • Use practical skills as tool to develop practice in special education.

General competences:

At the end of the course students will be have gained the following general competences:

  • To be able to write in a coherent and accessible way
  • To engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities
  • To operate as an effective member of a team in an international context
  • To be able to plan and deliver projects, on time and to a sufficiently high quality

 

Course structure

The MA programme will be delivered on a collaborative basis in both the UK and in Norway. It will bring students together in a series of seven intensive two week study blocks over the two years of the programme. Students will be expected to complete a series of tasks, and learning activities to include academic reading, reflective peer learning and assignments in between the formal study blocks.

The courses are offered parallel. Learning will take place primarily at Lillehammer University College (Norway) and The Field Centre, Ruskin Mill Land Trust (UK). In details:

Course 1: The philosophy of science and the history of special education
This course will be taught in Lillehammer (Norway). The examination will take place at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth (UK).

Course 2: Research methods and situated transformative action research
Lectures and seminars in Lillehammer ( Norway) and at The Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK)

Course 3: Theoretical approaches to practical skills transformative learning
This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK). The examination will take place at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) in February.

Course 4: Special education and symptoms of disabilities

This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) and in Lillehammer (Norway). The examination will take place in Lillehammer (Norway)

Course 5: Work based learning: Enhancing professional practice

This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK).

Due to the practical nature of the course and its intentions in respect of the development and evaluation of innovative approaches to pedagogy, the programme includes a work based learning element. Students will be expected to secure their own placement within a relevant role and/or work place, to be agreed by the programme team.

This programme additionally includes a ‘golden thread’ that runs through the programme. This is intended to provide students with a semi-structures vehicle for on-going reflection and transformation during their programme of study. Although this course is not credit bearing, it forms the basis for the reflective epilogue within the Masters’ thesis.

Undervisnings- og læringsmetode

Language of instruction - English

Eksamen

This programme adopts the following assessment and work requirements:

  • Oral exams
  • Written essays
  • Written reports
  • Reflective and evaluative reports
  • Reflective journal
  • Peer questioning and discussion
  • Professional practice portfolios
  • Peer learning sets
  • On-line seminar participation

All credit bearing courses will use the marking range from A to F (F=Fail).

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