Course code Peda5024

Credit points 2

Alternative Pedagogy

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation20.04.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developers


Līga Damberga

Mg. paed.


Anita Aizsila

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

The course gives an insight in the trends of alternative pedagogy that are different from traditional pedagogy. Studying alternative pedagogy the graduate students get understanding about the dominating educational concepts and trends. Pedagogical ideas are developing and partly transforming into the new alternative theories. In order to judge about alternative pedagogy one should know the characteristics of the author’s personality, to see and analyze solutions of pedagogical problems from the point of view of the corresponding age and world outlook, and motivation positions of the person.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of alternative pedagogical trends and opportunities in the upbringing and positive relations between individuals, and further study opportunities in alternative pedagogies as well. Skills – to assess critically the use of alternative pedagogical possibilities according to the specific situation. Competence - able to make reflections on using theories and methods of alternative education, able to make decisions and to take responsibility for their implementation.

Compulsory reading

1. Beļickis I. Izglītības alternatīvās teorijas. Rīga: RaKa, 2001., 203 lpp.
2. Helminga H. Montesori pedagoģija. Rīga: Jumava, 2006., 154 lpp.
3. Karlgrēns F. Valdorfa pedagoģija. Rīga: Jumava, 2008., 193 lpp.
4. Legrand L. Celestin Freinet. (2000). International Bureau of Education, val.XXIII

Further reading

1. Altermans K., Čaure A. Bērns, mēs tev palīdzēsim to veikt pašam! Rīga, Izglītība, 1995., 93 lpp.
2. Prudņikova I. Montesori pedagoģija ikdienā. Rīga, RaKa, 2004., 180 lpp.
3. Šteiners R. Vispārējā cilvēkmācība kā pedagoģijas pamats. Rīga, RaKa, 2000., 158 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Izglītība un Kultūra : Latvijas Republikas nedēļas laikraksts. Rīga : Izglītība. ISSN 1407-4036.
2. Pedagogy and Teachers Education. Acta Univeritatis Latviensis. ISSN 1407-2157.
3. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability. Institute of sustainable Education Daugavpils University ISSN 1691-4147.