Scandinavia is known to be one of the best places for raising children to be competent, independent, democratic, and social beings. In Denmark today, approximately 9% of the total Danish…
Maja Sbahi Biehl is the program director of the Child Development and Diversity program and faculty at DIS- Study Abroad in Scandinavia. She earned her M.A. (Cand. comm.) in Communication and Educational Studies from Roskilde University in 2004.
She has developed the curriculum for her course Children in a Multicultural Context: Theory and Practice, which explores how the concepts of multiculturalism, intercultural pedagogy, multilingualism, and diversity can affect a child’s upbringing. She teaches, challenges and expands student’s perceptions of their own culture through integration and reflection on theory and practice within global educational settings. This work is supported through her background growing up in Turkey to Danish – American parents. She has also developed courses on children and technology, children’s rights, adolescence and a strong and extensive network of practicum sites for DIS students. For her courses, she has designed study tours to Turkey in addition to various locations in Denmark and in Europe. Biehl started an initiative for Refugee children and has since empowered DIS students to engage with the current Refugee crisis. She has worked for projects with children and youth in Danish childcare institutions and schools, and with DIS since 2005.