Udbrændthed og frygt i konkurrencegymnasiet

Frederik Bådum, Jakob Markert, Simon Guldager Christensen & Lærke Forman

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the following project we consider, how the intrusion of competitive states have affected Danish high school students, in a matter fear and exhaustion, as a result of increased pressure and demands made by governmental institutions and the government itself. We wish to deal with this as an issue, as we use our knowledge of the publicity by Ove K. Pedersen, about the welfare state’s transition to a competitive state on a global scale. The project also investigates the consequences of the transition, considering the Danish high school and its students. While assuming that the transition affects high school students negatively, our project seeks to find specific situations of students being frightened and exhausted by the fast development of the state. The project’s focus is clarification of the development in Danish high schools, as we knew them, to being competitive institutions of today. Among other things, we wish to analyze this development by referring to the high school reform in 2005.The analysis consists mainly of opinions of employees and students at the Roskilde Katedralskole. Opinions derived from interviews of two teachers, and a special five-student group interview. Opinions made by the teachers, we use to clarify the challenges, faced by students, but also to inform about how the governmental pressure negatively affects student, due to their daily work with students. The five-student interview, explains the everyday life of the students. It also tells us how they feel about structures made by the high school. Furthermore, the analysis uses data made by a questionnaire among the students at Roskilde Katedralskole. We analyze and interpret the data, and use it as a supplement to our interviews and as a way to make a wide platform of opinions. The project also holds a discussion, of whether the competitive states’ intrusion, is perceived as a positive or a negative action for Denmark and the students at Roskilde Katedralskole. We discuss the balance between Denmark wanting to be on top in education and students that are exhausted by the educational system. The analysis and discussion draws several conclusions. The most important of these conclusions, lies within the competitive high schools missing ability to strengthen the state, high school, and students. There seems to be a tendency in exhausted students challenged by governmental demands. Exhaustion and fear leads no benefits as it affects students’ learning process negatively, which does not benefit the state in the long term, as it is an unsustainable business strategy. The project concludes not to the need of eliminating the “competitive state” or the fact that competition is unhealthy. It is however clear that many negative tendencies are currently real, as a result to the transition from welfare state to a global competitive state.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereSigne Fjordside


  • Frygt
  • Udbrændthed
  • Gymnasium
  • Konkurrencestat