Some Aspects of Education in Denmark

By Ole B. Thomsen

© 1967

In the past few years awareness of the importance of educational practices has increased: committees have been established to investigate curricula of study, to solve the problems of administration and to co-ordinate the different levels of the educational system. A significant part of these investigations lies int he comparison of the educational systems of various countries. This topical account provides an overview of Danish education, in particular those parts of it which have special interest to the Anglo-Saxon reader. It deals with the present and past organization of the elementary and secondary schools in Denmark, technical and commercial education, higher education, which in that country is quite distinct from the North American concept of university education, and finally, adult education, a normal part of almost every Dane's life. In this last section the author has replaced the usual formalistic descriptions of organizations of high education with an exposition that gives a view from inside the system.

The author believes that "an educational system is a mirror of the society it serves." His description is based on the assumption that for comparisons in education to be of value they must be studied in the sociological context in which the educational system has developed. With this theme the author presents a broad foundation for the study and comparison of the educational systems and societies of Denmark and Canada.

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This topical account provides an overview of Danish education, in particular those parts of it which have special interest to the Anglo-Saxon reader.

Some Aspects of Education in Denmark

By Ole B. Thomsen

© 1967

In the past few years awareness of the importance of educational practices has increased: committees have been established to investigate curricula of study, to solve the problems of administration and to co-ordinate the different levels of the educational system. A significant part of these investigations lies int he comparison of the educational systems of various countries. This topical account provides an overview of Danish education, in particular those parts of it which have special interest to the Anglo-Saxon reader. It deals with the present and past organization of the elementary and secondary schools in Denmark, technical and commercial education, higher education, which in that country is quite distinct from the North American concept of university education, and finally, adult education, a normal part of almost every Dane's life. In this last section the author has replaced the usual formalistic descriptions of organizations of high education with an exposition that gives a view from inside the system.

The author believes that "an educational system is a mirror of the society it serves." His description is based on the assumption that for comparisons in education to be of value they must be studied in the sociological context in which the educational system has developed. With this theme the author presents a broad foundation for the study and comparison of the educational systems and societies of Denmark and Canada.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 122 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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    OLE B. THOMSEN has been closely connected with planning for higher education in Denmark as Secretary in the Ministry of Education for five years, and secretary on several committees concerned with higher education includign the planning of two new universities. His acadmic career includes teaching at all levels of the education system: primary school, Municipal Youth School of Copenhagen, Copenhagen School of Economics and Social Science. He is now a Fellow of Higher Education at the University of Copenhagen. In 1965 Professor Thomsen held the first Peter Sandiford Visiting Professorship at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and during his stay in Canada delivered the four lectures included in this volume. Another lecture, "Governments and Universities: A Danish View," is contained in On Higher Education (University of Toronto Press 1966).