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The Danish school librarian education under change

By Bernt Hubert
CVU – Center for education in Copenhagen and Nordsealand

From August 2005 the Danish school librarian education course has changed dramatically. From having a course lasting two and a half months in a row, it now takes at least one year with sequential shifts between educational presence in a University College and personal studies and reflections in own job practice.

In the centre of the old education reading and handling child and youth literature had a central position, now a broad variety of media skills are the focus. Besides this the former course often had local content which is no longer allowed, therefore the curriculum now is the same wherever the education is taken.

The new school librarian education course is designed to develop a variety of different school librarian functions among which general school development is considered one of the most important theoretical skills. Pedagogical guidance and professional help with common educational matters, ICT and new Medias also have high priority.

Told shortly the new Danish school librarian education is now set to 27 ECTS point (European Credit Transfer System) and it contains 3 modules:

Basic school librarian module

Media and ICT guidance module

Media and media culture module

All three modules are designed so that the student can connect academic theories from the course to their own practice in their schools. They are, so to speak, being made ready to meet the children and youngsters of our time in order to formalise and develop the autodidactic media skills which young people often bring to school.

In the basic school librarian module the students create a portfolio, which is evaluated at the end of the module. The two other modules are basically more academically designed to handle scientific theory and the students must compile a report which must be presented, performed and defended in individual examinations.

All media are represented in the education: mobile phone, video production, sound recoding and editing etc. as well as books and the school librarian is now meant to be an innovative contributor to both pedagogical and organisational developments on different levels in the schools. Therefore the new school librarian education course is considered as a paradigm change that, hopefully, will affect the implementation of modern media and the pedagogical use in a positive way. Also it will turn the schools libraries into learning centres able to perform better specific media integration and greater general organisational development in the schools.

The big challenge in Denmark is to make the school librarians capable of taking leadership in a world where culture is changing rapidly and the “global village” is a fact, a reality through the Internet. Education and socialisation in a chaotic world are difficult assignments and overview and order must be replaced with strategic navigation and orientation on behalf of different cultural backgrounds. Children’s spiritual and intellectual potential has to be carefully supported to maximise their qualifications and evolution as human beings and in this sense the school libraries must act as a catalyst.

Read more (in Danish)



January 14, 2007 - Posted by | 2. Issue 42, 3. Theme:42: SL-education, Denmark

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