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What do schools get out of cooperation with elite sports? sports talents' learning agreement with Danish primary and secondary schools

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During the last decade, there has been increasing focus on identifying and developing talented students within the Danish educational system, and, increasingly, talent development is regarded as a prerequisite in order to remain competitive on an international level. One of the results of this is that schools now have the option of providing themed programmes for students who display a particular interest in or talent for a particular activity. Because these classes appeal to many students and they have a limited intake, students strive to gain access to them. This creates a situation where students and schools can enter into a special agreement about what they can expect from each other. In this paper, we examine how Danish primary and lower secondary schools (in Danish, folkeskoler) handle this opportunity to enter into a new social learning contract, and what the schools and selected students, respectively, get out of entering into such an agreement. Specifically, we look at sports classes, which are the most widely used example of themed classes in Denmark, and we analyse what these contracts involve, how they are entered into and how they are enforced.
Original languageDanish
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherNew College, Oxford University
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

    Research areas

  • Talent, Grundskole

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