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Cultivating Excellence in Education

A Critical Policy Study on Talent

Book

Part of the Educational Governance Research book series (EGTU, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 11-26
  3. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 27-40
  4. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 41-56
  5. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 57-76
  6. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 77-89
  7. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 91-106
  8. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 107-121
  9. Annette Rasmussen, Christian Ydesen
    Pages 123-131

About this book

Introduction

This book critically analyses the current education political strategy of cultivating excellence in education. It shows how the new policy for selecting talented students in Denmark deconstructs the compromise from which the comprehensive school was built and reduces equal opportunities. It discusses how the current practice of measurement, selection and guidance of talented students brings about significant changes in education policies, in pedagogic practices, a restructuring of school organisations, and changed requirements of teachers. It explains how the internal differentiation of education systems based on self-selection and free choice, but also on new assessment techniques, tends to widen the inequality gap between students. The analysis clearly shows the relationship between the circulation of new ideas and normative frameworks at international level, and their transfer into national policies, while situating these developments in a socio-historical perspective. The book illustrates by means of a concrete case study with important empirical data that demonstrate the reality and influence of this new policy on the day-to-day work of teachers.

Keywords

talent classes talent identification education policy analysis excellence of education social inequality history of OECD education Nordic education model Nordic welfare state model classification practices policy enactment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Culture and LearningAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Culture and LearningAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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