Alternative Education: Having Confidence in Children!

Organizing institution
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht - Education and Pedagogics
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 550.00
In this course, you will discover and discuss a different views on learning and teaching and on the development of children. Through expert meetings, school visits and workshops we will teach you the main characteristics of alternative pedagogical-educational concepts. 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'!

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.

A quote from a student who participated last year in this course:

“Very inspiring and useful course! It gave me a lot of new ideas to practice in my own classroom!”

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Joske van Dulmen


Ruth Bekker
Nienke Merkx
Dick de Haan

Target audience

teacher training students, starting professionals

Course aim

• Learn from best practices from Dutch alternative education
• Apply insights in your own school
• Find out what kind of teacher you want to be

Study load

30 contact hours, 1 week, 6 hours selfstudy


€ 550.00
Housing € 200.00 , through Utrecht Summer School


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

Required documents

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Motivation Letter

More information

Joske van Dulmen
E: joske.vandulmen@hu.nl
T: +31 (0)651238966


Application deadline: 01 June 2018