Den Effektiviserede Folkeskole: The Streamlined Danisk Elementary School

Mathias Lassen, Nikoline Hovmøller Jensen, Mikkel Uldall Wolff, Marie Kold Thomsen, Olander Christiansen & Emilie Katrine

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project, aims to describe, analyze and discuss how the implementation of the new reform, affecting the Danish Elementary School, under Act 409, has affected the teacher’s' working condi-tions. The new reform will prolong the student’s school day, as active movement, homework work-shops and academic immersion will be incorporated. This is an attempt to create diverse teaching, with the aim of lifting the Danish School to a higher academic level, to perform better, compared to international results. Act 409 has affected how the teacher's working day is planned. In particular, the work hour regulations, has had an enormous impact on the teachers, as the new rules requires them to stay at the school, throughout the entire day. This means less flexibility and self-administration of how the teacher’s use their preparation time. To gain more knowledge of the challenges that may appear with the implementation of the new reform, under Act 409, there has been collected empirical data, in the form of observations and in-terviews. Both of which have been made at a public school in Frederikssund Kommune. The project begins with a presentation of key elements and changes that have appeared alongside the lockout in 2013, the implementation of the new reform and Act 409. In addition there will be analyzed on how the implementation under Act 409 affects the teachers at Frederikssund School. This is done through Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition, Rasmus Willig’s theory of legal inca-pacity and his concept of resilience. These theories support our studies of the processes that the teachers are going through, with the reform and Act 409. Furthermore, the project is constructed around the normative ideal that 'the good life is free from violation experiences'. Finally, it will be discussed how the reform of the Danish School under Act 409, can be seen as an instrument of streamlining and efficiency, that follows the concept of New Public Management. Additionally it is discussed how the general individual must learn how to behave and perform in the public sector, when the values of the Danish society are steadily growing more neoliberal. As the teachers lack recognition, are being declared incapable of managing their critique and thus must try to achieve resilience, it is clear how the implementation of the reform under Act 409, has had a ma-jor impact on the teacher’s work and approach to their subject area.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 jun. 2015
VejledereSigne Fjordside


  • Lov 409
  • Folkeskolereformen
  • New Public Management
  • Krænkelseserfaringer