Slutrapport: GNU- Grænseoverskridenden nordisk undervisning

Karsten Gynther

Publikation: Bog/antologi/rapport/kliniske retningslinjerRapportFormidling


The GNU project has establishes cross-border cooperation between Nordic schools and school classes. More than 1000 students and their teachers have planned and carried out joint cross-border education in the subjects of language, science, history /social studies and mathematics supported by new technologies. Specifically, a series of virtual "Nordic classes", have been established, where Swedish, Norwegian and Danish students have been taught simultaneously by a common group of Nordic teachers. The project has establishes a cooperation between educational institutions and students from the ÖKS-region and has developed exemplary models for a practical cross-border study community that have the potential to support integration between the Nordic countries' school systems and inspire other educational institutions and levels to develop cross-border education, which may contribute to Nordic young people feeling that it is natural to study and work in other Nordic countries.

The project has focused on both mental and formal barriers for increasing daily integration in the Nordic countries' school systems and has generated exemplary and realistic models that has: 1) reduced the formal barriers in education integration, 2) established a concrete and binding cooperation between students and teachers from the Nordic countries , 3) developed joint Nordic courses that have increased students' knowledge of Nordic culture and history thereby strengthening a common Nordic identity and generally enhancing integration throughout the ÖKS area. The project builds on previous experience with a Nordic school cooperation which has been prominent in a number of years through the Nordic Council. A number of Nordic schools have participated in various cooperation projects including friendship projects, mutual visits and more. However, impact and a general spillover to a broader group of schools have been limited, as geographical, cultural, linguistic and economic barriers are a challenge for the Nordic schools. It has therefore been difficult to develop projects that could be implemented more permanently in specific subjects in the three countries' school systems. New digital technologies in the form of IWB, wireless web connections at schools, webcams, mobile technologies, Web 2.0 media, various types of cloud technologies, synchronous digital tools and especially the integration of IT in a number of school subjects have opened up new opportunities to establish a specific educational cooperation between the Nordic schools, that can promote cross-border integration between the Nordic countries' education systems.

The GNU project has developed new knowledge about how to realize a broader vision of cross-border Nordic educational cooperation in a concrete and practical manner, making it possible to combine training with modules from various Nordic countries without having to travel to another country. The project had have direct focus on the Interreg programme’s objective of creating conditions and structures in primary education that formally and mentally can motivate Nordic students to continue their studies and / or work in another Nordic country. The development of cross-border parallel teaching forms supported by new technologies in primary education is seen as a pioneering project that can inspire others to develop a common Nordic infrastructure in education supported by advanced - but today accessible and relatively cheap information and communication technologies.

One of many results of the project is development of common Nordic curricula in the four participating subjects: language, science, history /social studies and mathematics. Material to inspire others to conduct cross-border cooperation among schools has been produced along whit a number of exemplary cases. Material and project experience along with a several research reports and articles can be reached from the projects homepage:
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2015


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