In this course description only the main principles are outlined. For further details consult the Wegwijzer Inleefstage (immersion stage course guide) that will be available at the beginning of the academic year.
At the immersion stage of their in-school training the students are introduced to a wide range of activities that are part of the teaching profession. Besides observation of classes (microlevel) attention is paid to activities at school level (mesolevel) and to the way the school as an organisation deals with government directives (macrolevel). The students don’t observe the lessons from the perspective of their own field but within the scope of teacher learner interaction, the pupils’ interests, activating settings, etc. Activities at school level encompass participation in meetings, supervision, contacts with external partners, etc. The students also immerse in the school context, e.g. policy implementation, tutoring, participation, etc. with reference to governmental decrees pertaining to these matters.
The students accomplish the immersion module in a schools with a professional or technical orientation. The added value of the immersion lies in experiencing educational and learning environments that are unfamiliar to them and so broaden their views on education. Hence, students are not allowed to choose their own secondary school for the immersion.