• Dina Pi Buus-Hansen
4. term, Communication, Master (Master Programme)
For over a hundred years the Danish public elementary school system has existed in Denmark. The aims for the elementary school are to educate all Danish children to become a part of the bigger social society. The elementary school system is an area that, politically speaking often is a subject to change, as it is important for a school to keep up with the developments taking place in the society.
Since the Danish elementary school was founded it has thus been the subject of many initiatives and changes that reflect the different political views that have arisen during the transformation of the modern society.
The focal point of this master thesis is the teacher conflict that has filled the Danish media the past several months.
The starting point for the escalation of the conflict is an initiative from the Danish government for a new change for the public elementary school. The initiative is called "Gør en god skole bedre – et fagligt løft af folkeskolen”. Several points in the government's proposal has aroused great concern among several groups in the Danish society, as both teachers, students and parents in everyday life will greatly be affected if the new reform become a reality.

The main parties of the conflict are ‘Kommunernes Landsforening’ on the one hand, and ‘Danmarks lærerforening’on the other. The differences between the parties, has during the spring of 2013 developed into a large-scale conflict where the negotiations between the respective parties has collapsed. This has resulted in a so-called lockout of teachers, which means that they are not allowed to go to work before the conflicting parties have found a solution to the problem.
In this master thesis I examine how the conflict between the parties has been articulated, and also I examine how the relations between the parties occur according to the articulations.
The design of my research is based on Norman Fairclough's critical discourse analysis. Through this theory, I examine how the conflict is articulated between the two parties and what impact they will have on the conflict in general.
I consider the Danish society as a modern democratic society where knowledge and information is in center. This plays a central role in the whole task as I consider the concept of trust in order to examine the role it plays in the maintenance of a democratic society. In addition to that I look at how trust and credibility not only are crucial to how the different parties see themselves, but also the opposition party.
Publication date30 May 2013
Number of pages36
ID: 76959854