What do we really know about our children’s schooling and well-being?

With the first day of school and the institution of the new school reform just around the corner, the matter of our children’s schooling and well-being is highly topical. At the end of August, TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research hosts a conference focusing on precisely this topic. Over the course of two days, Danish and international researchers, practitioners and policymakers will present and discuss the most recent research.

2014.08.07 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

While parents, teachers and pupils across the country prepare for what the new school reform has in store for them and how it will influence the coming school year, researchers at TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research (and elsewhere in the world) are in the throes of figuring out what it takes to give children the best possible schooling. 

On 28 and 29 August, some of the world’s leading researchers – both from Denmark and abroad – will convene for a conference focusing on children’s education and well-being in school.

These researchers will present and share their research results and discuss issues such as the impact of class sizes on children’s well-being and learning abilities, how national tests influence pupils’ educational results and the extent to which school resources determine children’s learning outcomes.

According to Professor Simon Calmar Andersen, who is co-organiser of the conference, there is extensive knowledge to be obtained about children’s schooling and well-being, which may be of great value to politicians, teachers and parents in the municipalities.

“We spend considerable resources on creating good schools for our children, and now the municipalities and the Danish Ministry of Education have started systematically measuring the effects of various school initiatives, which is a crucial and sound development. We are also seeing this trend on an international scale. At the conference we will compile and review the new knowledge that has been produced here in Denmark and abroad, and discuss how to apply this knowledge in practice.”

Decisions must be knowledge-based

TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research was established a year and a half ago, and according to Merete Konnerup, who is manager for programmes promoting social well-being at TrygFonden, this conference exemplifies why TrygFonden decided to establish the centre in the first place:

“The purpose of TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research is to make sure that decisions that impact the well-being of our children and young people are made on a solid foundation. This requires new and extensive research initiatives in Denmark as well as knowledge sharing with and among the best international researchers. At this conference, we will gain crucial insight,” explains Merete Konnerup and proceeds:

“How we are to structure and govern our school system is a question that many people are concerned with, and rightfully so. We need to learn more about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to matters of, for instance, inclusive education, two teacher approaches and absenteeism, and then we need to apply all this knowledge better than we have previously done.”

 

About the conference

The conference is hosted by Trygfonden’s Centre for Child Research at Aarhus University. Further information about the conference is available at econ.au.dk/school-conference.

 

For further information, please contact:

Kamilla Gumede, Executive Director of Trygfonden’s Centre for Child Research, tel.: +45 21 55 11 44

Simon Calmar Andersen, Professor, Aarhus University, tel.: +4561 66 65 01

Merete Konnerup, manager for programmes promoting social well-being at Trygfonden, tel.: +45 45 26 08 24/21 68 52 18

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