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A democratic perspective of educational change: self-evaluation and the clarification of values

Author(s) Randi Andersen  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
Many educational organisations in Europe are engaged in the process of change because of pressure to introduce the knowledge society and the need for effective 'knowledge production systems'. Such changes bring the values of the educational system into focus and into discussion. This paper describes the experiences of changing the educational system at the National Institute of Social Education (Hindholm), and particularly focuses on democratic perspectives of change. We are introducing a values-based organisation, methods for quality development and self-evaluation, involving the students, the institutions where they will work in the future and the Board of Hindholm. In Denmark a new law for social education brings new challenges for institutions that teach educators: our courses of study will become bachelor's degrees in education, our institutions must be linked to universities and to research, and we must engage in development projects. The former social educational institutions are also required to merge with centres of education, and numbers of institutions will be rationalised. These developments conflict with many of our traditional ways of doing things and challenge our current values.

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