Recent reforms of the Danish ’gymnasium’ – an academically-oriented general upper secondary programme
whose intake is nearly half of the pupils who finish lower secondary education – have resulted
in a reduction of the creative subjects in the gymnasium curriculum.
According to Ove Kaj Pedersen, this development has taken place along with the change of Danish
society from a classical welfare state to a competitive state. In the competitive state measurable and
evidence-based education is prioritized in order to ensure that students have appropriate competences
for them to be able to participate actively on the labour market after they complete their education.
The question is, however, whether this shift of focus is at the expense of other competences that
cannot be measured or evaluated.
The objective of this project is to examine whether drama, one of the creative subjects of the gymnasium,
can be shown to offer students general education competences that are different from those
offered by other subjects in the gymnasium curriculum – general competences, that is, that students
can use to their advantage not only in their personal development, but also to be better able to meet
the demands of the competitive state.
Taking the curriculum of drama as a starting point, the project analyzes the content and pedagogy of
the subject in order to place it with respect to the two concepts of general education proposed by
Stefan Hermann: pedagogical-conservatism and political-administrative education. The project goes
on to analyze how the content and pedagogy of drama can contribute to students’ general education
in a competitive state which values professional competences and knowledge.
The project draws on theoretical perspectives from Stefan Herman, Ove Kaj Pedersen, Gert Biesta
and Wolfgang Klafki and the analysis will be based on an empirical case study of a group of drama
students from a Danish gymnasium.
|Uddannelser||Pædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||31 maj 2018|