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The Danish Way “Klassens tid”. Aspects of Building Democracy in Danish Schools

There is no specific entity, but rather it is a nationally established pedagogical practice.

Denmark

Evidence of results

Purpose related to Let's Care

Level of Education

PrimarySecondary

Pillars

Safe Education

Brief description of the Project

Duration

1990-Currently

Scope

National

Funds

Public

Objectives

The guide "Aspects of Building Democracy in Danish Schools" aims to provide teachers and educators with a deeper understanding of how to build a positive and inclusive classroom environment that promotes democracy and the emotional well-being of students.

Methodology

The guide ""Aspects of Building Democracy in Danish Schools"" is based on the Danish practice of ""Klassens tid"", which is a time dedicated to team building and problem solving in the classroom. The guide provides a detailed description of how to implement this practice in the classroom, including suggestions for activities and exercises that encourage active student participation and promote a positive and inclusive classroom environment.
The guide's methodology focuses on experiential learning, meaning that students learn through direct experience and reflection on that experience. The guide also emphasises the importance of dialogue and open communication between students and teacher, which helps foster greater mutual understanding and acceptance.
In addition, the guide provides an overview of key aspects of building democracy in Danish schools, including emotional and social development, mutual respect, equality and inclusion. Overall, the methodology of this guide focuses on creating a positive and inclusive educational environment where students can fully develop as individuals and active members of their school community.

Type of Action

Active methodologies (team building‚ problem solving‚ role-playing)

Target Group and Determinants attended

Students

Professionals involved

EducatorsSchool ManagementTeachers

Networking - Actors and Institutions mobilised by the Project

Klassens tid practice focuses on team building and problem solving within the classroom‚ so it is not specifically designed for networking with the outside world.

Enablers

Klassens tid is a practice in Danish schools that focuses on team building and problem solving within the
classroom. The guide "Aspects of Building Democracy in Danish Schools" mentions several facilitators that
have helped in its implementation, including the inclusion of "Klassens tid" as part of the curriculum, the
teacher's role as coordinator, the creation of a safe and respectful environment and the active participation of
students. Although "Klassens tid" is not specifically designed for networking with the outside world, it can
help students develop social and emotional skills that enable them to interact positively with others in their
school community and beyond. Overall, these facilitators have been important to the success of "Klassens tid"
in Danish schools and may be useful for those looking to implement this practice in other educational settings.

Barriers

The guide "Aspects of Building Democracy in Danish Schools" does not mention specific barriers that have arisen in the
implementation of "Klassens tid". However, it is possible that there may be challenges in implementing this practice in
other educational settings. Some possible barriers might include a lack of dedicated time in the school timetable for
"Klassens tid", a lack of training for teachers on how to facilitate effective and respectful discussions, or resistance on the
part of some students or parents to sharing their thoughts and feelings during these sessions. It is important to address
these barriers to ensure that Klassens tid is effective and beneficial for all students involved.

Grade of linkage with the Safe Education Model

The practice of "Klassens tid" can have a positive impact on the attachment and bonding between students and their
teachers. By creating a safe and respectful classroom environment, students can feel more comfortable sharing their
thoughts and feelings with their peers and teachers. This can help build stronger relationships between students and
foster a sense of community within the classroom. In addition, by allowing students to actively participate in problem
solving, they are given the opportunity to feel valued and important in their school community. Overall, "Klassens tid" can
be an effective tool for improving the attachment and bonding between students and their teachers by fostering a culture
of mutual respect, collaboration and emotional support.

Grade of linkage with the purpose of Let's Care

The practice of "Klassens tid" can have a positive impact on reducing school dropout and school failure. By
creating a safe and respectful classroom environment, students can feel more comfortable sharing their
thoughts and feelings with their peers and teachers. This can help identify problems that may be affecting their
academic performance or emotional well-being. In addition, by allowing students to actively participate in
problem solving, they are given the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills that allow them to
interact positively with others in their school community and beyond. This can help improve their self-esteem,
confidence and motivation to learn. Overall, "Klassens tid" can be an effective tool for reducing dropout and
school failure by fostering a culture of mutual support, collaboration and respect within the classroom.

Grade of evidence about impact and political relevance

The impact and political relevance of ""Klassens Tid"" in Denmark is related to its role in the education system and its pedagogical objectives. On a political level, this initiative has been supported as part of the educational reforms and educational policies in the country. Below are some key aspects of its impact and policy relevance:

  • Promoting equality: 'Klassens Tid' is seen as a way of promoting equal educational opportunities. By allowing students to work on individual projects, receive tutoring and participate in group activities, it seeks to address the individual needs of students and provide them with a more personalised education.
  • Social and emotional skills development: The policy relevance of ""Klassens Tid"" lies in its aim to develop social and emotional skills in students. These skills are recognised as important for long-term academic and personal success, and Klassens Tid is seen as providing a structured space to cultivate them.
  • Student participation and autonomy: ""Klassens Tid"" encourages active student participation and provides students with dedicated time to make decisions about their learning. This aligns with the importance of student participation and the promotion of autonomy in the Danish education system.
  • Improved school climate: The establishment of regular ""Klassens Tid"" sessions can also have an impact on school climate and relationships between students. By providing a space for positive interaction, collaboration and relationship building, it aims to create a school environment that is more inclusive, safe and conducive to learning.

Grade of evidence about impact - Project deliverables

Reproducibility

The "Klassens tid" programme is a practice that has been successfully implemented in Danish schools and has proven to be effective in fostering democracy, dialogue and problem solving in the classroom. While each educational setting is unique, other settings may be able to adapt this practice to their specific needs. It is important to keep in mind that successful implementation of "Klassens tid" requires a commitment on the part of teachers and students to create a safe and respectful classroom environment, as well as adequate training for teachers on how to facilitate effective and respectful discussions. In addition, practice may need to be adapted to the specific cultural and linguistic needs of the educational environment.

Outcomes

Parental care, attachment, prevention

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