• Pia Bjerregaard Hansen
  • Pernille Breinholt Steffensen
4. term, Learning and Innovative Change, Master (Master Programme)
Background: Today the Danish community expects people to generate skill development throughout life, and the community is thereby characterized by a lot of organizational competition. As a result of the high competition, children and young people seem to get affected in a way where they struggle with identifying a meaning of going to school. Furthermore, it can have an impact on their ability to learn. This problem can meanwhile be affected by different factors, which is why teachers and other adults, associated to the children and young people, attempts to look for different solutions to accommodate the problems. When people aren’t featured with the right preconditions to create a good life, where life in this context deals with students daily life in school time in Danish elementary schools, it can result in landmark problems such as anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Purpose: The research is, in this thesis, based on studies that examines how teachers can contribute to student’s ability to learn, from a learning and innovative perspective. The primary focus is how learning tools, besides traditional approaches, can contribute to teachers’ style of educating the students with an eye for different identified problems the students seems to face through school. These tools are furthermore expected to enhance the students’ self-esteem and drive in order to learn.
Theoretical framework: In order to qualify this research, we use a theoretical foundation where Karl Weick’s concept of opinion formation on organizations are included, as well as Carl Rogers’ concept of significant learning and learning in relation. The two theoretical devices will furthermore appear in the analysis section in order to create a new understanding of the problem in this thesis. In the analysis section, other learning theories will also be identified as an approach to interesting findings.
Methodology: As a research student, our scientific theoretical point of view has been designed according to the hermeneutic tradition, where the alternation between insight into part and whole, is aimed at a horizon fusion, where new understanding can arise. The empirical data takes primarily part in qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews, participatory observation and informal conversations. In addition to these methods, a quantitative method will also be included, in order to increase the validity of the thesis. In addition to that, a hermeneutic analysis method will be used, which offers a structured approach to the thesis.
Conclusion: This thesis reveals that Danish elementary schools are challenged when it comes to formulate specific terms for the students’ ability to learn. Furthermore, the thesis reveals that teachers in elementary school seem to search for teaching tools in order to contribute to the traditional teaching. The main objective is thereby to create a room for the students to open up their inner drive in order to achieve awareness of their own worth. An initiative such as yoga seems to have a positive impact on the students’ self-esteem and ability to learn.

Publication date3 Jun 2019
Number of pages118
External collaboratorfolkeskoler
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