Seminar: Inclusion and education in Scandinavia

Join The Victoria Institute for a special seminar that investigates education and inclusion in two Scandinavian countries.

Education systems in Scandinavia often score highly in international assessments such as PISA. Four visiting researchers from Denmark and Finland will share their approaches and practice on Thursday, 27 November 2014.

This event will be of interest to academics, policymakers and educators.

Register now to secure your place!

Event Details

Title: Inclusion and education in practice: stories from Scandinavia

When: 27 November 2014, 12:30 – 17:30

Where: The Victoria Institute, Q102e, 300 Queen Street, Melbourne, 3000

Cost: Free



13:00 - 14:00  |  Encounters over the counter – young people’s first-hand experiences of policies and practices. 

Dr Sanna Aaltonen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Youth Research Network

  • How are marginalised young people portrayed in Finnish public policy?
  • How do the staff of support programs, job centres and social services perceive their 18-29 year old clients?
  • How do marginalised young people perceive the services and opportunities available to them?



14:00 - 14:30  |  Student Engagement in Danish public schools: Findings from a survey among 7th grade students.

Hilde Ulvseth, Ph.D. Student, Aarhus University, Department of Education & University College Copenhagen, Denmark

A recent survey of 1231 Danish students found that while most students were engaged, there were some concerns about teacher-student relationships. This presentation will investigate:

  • What caused the variance in student answers, gathered with the use of a Student Engagement Instrument (SEI), using students’ self-evaluation?
  • What are the defining characteristics of a high engagement learning environment?



14:30 - 15:00  |  Facilitation as a tool for developing inclusive processes in classrooms – When teachers are supported to create inclusive environments in practice.

Charlotte Riis Jensen, Ph. D. student, Aarhus University, Department of Education & University College Copenhagen, Denmark

  • How can reflexive dialogues between teachers and inclusive consultants influence the development of a classroom environment and an approach, more conducive to inclusion? 
  • How successful are the strategies, methods and approaches resulting from this co-creation process between consultants and teachers?



15:30 - 16:30  |  The case of Denmark: Inclusive efforts at a crossroad (opportunities, pitfalls and dilemmas).

Professor Susan Tetler, Aarhus University, Denmark

Schools in Denmark are now expected to provide education that ensures good learning outcomes for all students while fostering social and educational inclusion.

Following the enactment of recent legislation, this presentation will reveal:

  • What are the implications of this new inclusive education legislation in Denmark (2012)?
  • How are Danish municipalities and schools collaborating to accommodate and implement these new inclusive education practices at an institutional and classroom level?


16:30 - 17:30  |  Discussion and sharing of ideas

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