This course is compulsory for students of the Special Education study track.
The course is included in the advanced studies in Special Education.
Intermediate studies in Special Education
Students who have completed the course will be prepared to work at different levels of special education/pedagogy in international assignments and how to:
• Identify key attributes of an NGO, in order to consider if working with them aligns with their professional expertise and goals;
• Identify key information needed to work with the education system in a foreign country;
• Develop a clear plan for expert involvement with an NGO that is grounded in current trends in special education/pedagogy;
• Apply knowledge of strength-based development, preliminary data collection, project planning, role delineation (e.g., consultant, intermediary, mentor, coach), sustainability, and monitoring and evaluation to work and/or complete a project with an NGO;
• Develop a CV and summery of expertise that is appropriate for soliciting work with an NGO.
The course is studied during the first year of the Master’s degree studies.
The course explores
• of expertise required to serve as an international special education/pedagogy expert (e.g., consultant, intermediary, coach, mentor)
• the educational systems and cultures of other countries
• the significance of society in learning and in the related challenges. Therefore, students will deepen their knowledge of social psychology, criminology, mental health and the impact of environmental factors on learning (e.g. childhood poverty, low SES), particularly in the international context (developing countries vs. developed countries).
Law, Ho. (2013). The psychology of coaching, mentoring and learning. (Second edition). John Wiley & Sons; Malden, USA. 270 pages.
Winzer, M. A. & Mazurek, K. (Eds) (2011). International Practices in Special Education: Debates and Challenges. Gallaudet University Press, Canada. 344 pages.
Or an article collection chosen by the lecturer. The articles provide a comprehensive overview of the competence areas required in specialist tasks in the field of special education, of international development, of the educational systems and cultures of other countries, of promoting sustainability, and of the significance of society in learning and in the related challenges.
To pass the course, students must participate in the lectures and familiarise themselves with the course literature, or complete some other assignment provided by the lecturer or take a literature exam. In addition, students must complete the independent assignments given during the course. The course is graded on a scale of 0–5.
Lectures, independent work and an exam or other method of completion determined by the lecturer.
Professor Joseph Gagnon