Lesson 3 – Sample Interview

Interview with a teacher of disadvantaged pupils in Cologne, Germany: She is working with mental and physical disabled pupils since more than 20 years.

Question: Do you carry out farm visits?

Answer: We organize class trips to farms, but just as vacation events, not special farm visits with practical work and experiences.

Question: Do you think such farm visits could be useful for a better integration of disadvantaged children?

Answer: Yes, definitely. They can help to experience new learning opportunities and accesses.

Question: Are there special thinks to consider for farm visits with disabled pupils?

Answer: Disabled pupils have very different mental or physical handicaps. It is necessary to take in account these differences for carrying out the visit on a farm. For any of the various handicaps special different conditions and measures have to be considered. Even inside a group with same handicaps each individual must be treated with respect to the personal specification of the handicap.

Question: Can you give us practical hints and tools which should be prepared and provided for a visit on a farm with handicapped children?

Answer: No. For each child you have to consider specific individual aspects and preparation issues. And that regards not only technical tools and issues but much more mental and communication factors.

(This interview could also be provided at materials)