October 2012

Writing in Danish Upper Schools

Conference participants talking together about thinking and writing in their subjects

The Danish Ministry of Education is currently supporting a project across its upper secondary schools to develop writing in the teaching and learning of all subject areas. The work is coordinated by Bente Kristiansen from the University of Copenhagen’s Humanities Faculty, and she invited me along to a one-day conference in Odense on October 9th where teachers were exchanging some of the ideas and practices that are emerging from the work. Although hampered by my lack of even a smattering of Danish, I learnt that the project had made significant strides in bringing together staff teams in schools to think about what progression in writing might be like and to agree strategies for developing it.