Denmark has a relatively new, but strong practice using individual study plans. In 2000 the government implemented individual study plans in VET by law.
Major challenges have influenced Danish VET during the past 13 years:
´Reform 2000´ caused a long transition phase, where schools and teachers had to find solutions for planning education, for designing teaching and for adapting new pedagogical methods.
Work with individual study plans was also influenced by ambitious political goals for the prevention of drop-out. An increasing number of bilingual students, a more and more individualistic youth culture and an explosion of new media had to be integrated into the work with study plans.
Finally, the recession starting in 2008 had a dramatic effect on the Danish dual VET-system, as the number of training companies was greatly reduced, resulting in a bottle-neck for many VET students in the middle of their educations.
In addition, development withinin the trades causes numerous updates of regulations and competency goals, thus challenging the realization of the study plans.
Increased focus on quality in Danish VET
A continuous process of improvement in VET process is taking place. Recent ministerial initiatives have put a broad focus on quality, as initiated in 2012, expanding in 2013 and stated in a major VET-reform, Feb. 2014 (see main topics).
Among other things, the focus is on:
- Strengthening of VET-teachers´ competencies
- An increase in differentiation of teaching
- Improved interaction between school-based teaching and company-based training periods in the Danish dual VET-system
- Improved application of IT in VET, with a strategy for digitalization of VET
The Danish part in MAPPING addresses the national context and aims, as well as local needs. Thus, the Danish partners have identified operational goals for their local efforts. Read more.