Bente Jensen

Professor

Bente Jensen
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Selected grants awarded

Abecedarian within an innovative implementation framework (APIIF) on 0-3 year old child outcomes (socio-emotional, self-control, wellbeing). A Pilot project. DKK 0.5 mio

Knowledge-based Efforts for Socially Disadvantaged Children in Daycare  (VIDA). DKK 8 mio.

Action Competences in Pedagogical work with Socially Endangered Children and Youths – effort and effect (ASP). DKK 6 mio.

CARE Early childhood education and care: promoting quality for individual, social and economic benefits. Part of a greater research program: FP-7 EU project: SSH.2013.3.2-2. (2.5 mio euro).

The impact of the ASP-intervention in Daycare on Children’s Learning and Wellbeing – a Follow-up Study. DKK 1 mio.

A Study of Daycare and Social Inheritance. Part of a greater research program. Social heritage Total grant of DKK 5 mio.

Profile

Bente Jensen has participated in several interdisciplinary research studies and research teams focusing on social inequality, daycare and children’s well-being. She has been a principal investigator on two large scale RCT studies (HPA, 2005-2009; VIDA 2010-2013) investigating the impact of professional development in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) on child outcomes. Both studies targeting children 3-6 years of age were funded by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs. From these studies developed the interest for designing an intervention targeting the youngest children 0-3 years of age and thus Professor Jensen and her team conceptualized and launched the pilot study  “Abecedarian Approach within an Innovative Implementation Framework” (2015). Currently Bente has participated in several interdisciplinary research studies and research teams focusing on social inequality, daycare and children’s well-being a part of the WP-leader group in the in the international European FP7 Programme: CARE Early childhood education and care: promoting quality for individual, social and economic benefits. (2013-2017) and as such she is responsible for studies of the impact of professional development and innovation within the ECEC field. These research experiences has also been integrated in the project Future of Daycare (FD) (2014-2017).

 

Bente Jensen has mainly focused on the following research areas:

 

• Professional development (PD) and practice-based organizational learning and social innovation as theoretical foundations for high quality ECEC.

 

• Creating and evaluation of a participatory approach to ECEC aimed at improving all children's well-being and development and tackling social inequality through high quality PD.

 

• Social inheritance, inequality – empirical and theoretical investigations of a societal problem and conceptual studies of inequalities and potentials for reducing the gaps between children from different social and cultural background.

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