The department of Vulnerable Children, Day Care and Schooling conducts research funded by grants as well as research-based analyses and evaluations on commission. The staff has a variety of educational backgrounds. Most are sociologists, economists, and political scientists at the Master’s or Ph.D. level. The main methodological approach is statistical analyses of register data and survey data. The department also conducts Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) and other effect studies. To supplement the quantitative approach, qualitative studies including individual interviews and focus groups are also performed.
Thematically, the department focuses on children in primary school and lower-secondary school (i.e. from age 6 to 15/16), yet also on pre- and post-school transitions, i.e. transitions from kindergarten to school as well as the steps young people take after having completed mandatory schooling (9th/10th grade) on their way to upper-secondary education.
Topics covered by the department include:
- Individual and social well-being of students and how this relates to their academic performance
- Academic participation, performance and other cross-curricular competencies of students
- The influence of socio-economic background for students’ academic performance, participation in academic and social activities at school
- How to create inclusive schooling environments that can accommodate students with special education needs
- Quality of schooling for children placed in out-of-home care
- Consequences of the 2014 reform of the Danish public school system (Folkeskolereformen)
- School management and leadership – implications for student performance and well-being
- Importance of teacher qualifications for student performance and well-being
- Effect studies of specific interventions and initiatives taken to improve opportunities to learn
- Involvement of parents in their children’s schooling and education
- Transitions from kindergarten/pre-school to primary school
- Transitions from 9th/10th grade to upper-secondary education – general and vocational
- Addressing the challenges faced by socially vulnerable children and young people in school