Current Challenges to Teacher Education in Denmark: Paper presented on the 11th Nordic Conference on Teacher Education

Hans Jørgen Staugaard, Palle Rasmussen

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    Until recently, teacher education in Denmark for primary and lower secondary school (the Folkeskole) was organised in separate teacher training colleges. During the last ten years two comprehensive reforms of the system of medium cycle higher education have been implemented, first the act on centres of higher education in year 2000 and later the act on university colleges in 2008. These reforms have fundamentally changed the organisation of teacher education. Teacher education programs are now located in university colleges which also run programs in social work, daycare pedagogy, nursing and other subjects. But the university colleges are not part of the regular university sector, so teacher education is still generally separated from the research-based university tradition. Currently this fact is much debated. Two main types of arguments are being put forward for relocating teacher education to universities. One is that it will improve the subject knowledge of teacher and thus enable them to raise the skill levels of Danish students in core subjects. This is deemed necessary in the wake of international comparative surveys of achievement (like the PISA). Another argument is that many students seem to fear being “locked” in the professional role as teacher and would like to have the wider range of choices – and perhaps the higher prestige - available in universities. In the paper we discuss the second of these arguments, the question of recruitment, on the basis of existing evidence. Furthermore we will present and discuss a new model for teacher education being developed in collaboration between the Northern Denmark University College and Aalborg University.
    Translated title of the contributionAktuelle udfordringer for læreruddannelse i Danmark: Paper præsenteret på den 11. nordiske læreruddannelseskonference.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date7 May 2010
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2010
    Event11. Nordiske Læreruddannelseskonference - Hjørring, Denmark
    Duration: 7 May 20108 May 2010


    Conference11. Nordiske Læreruddannelseskonference


    • education
    • learning
    • education

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    Staugaard, H. J., & Rasmussen, P. (2010). Current Challenges to Teacher Education in Denmark: Paper presented on the 11th Nordic Conference on Teacher Education. Paper presented at 11. Nordiske Læreruddannelseskonference, Hjørring, Denmark.