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Paradoxes of Learning to Be Well

Re-examining the Curriculization of Wellbeing

About the project

Schools are among the most influential settings for young people’s wellbeing. Nevertheless, much research reduces schools to sites for measuring or promoting wellbeing, which results in conceptualizations disconnected from the distinctive task of schools – education and formation of the self. There is a lack of theoretical groundwork attentive to the complexity of the school environment and the processes in which wellbeing is negotiated, configured and enacted. This project aims to generate new knowledge and ways of thinking about development pathways, intricacies and consequences of the formalization of wellbeing as a mandatory educational goal in public primary and lower secondary education in Denmark.

Seminar 12 September 2023

‘Exploring Edutopias – Wellbeing, School Reforms, and Future Promises’

We are excited to invite you to a thought-provoking academic seminar with Professor Julie McLeod from the Melbourne School of Education. The seminar, titled "Exploring Edutopias – Wellbeing, School Reforms, and Future Promises". Julie McLeod is lending her expertise to not one, but two FKK projects at DPU in the next few years. At this seminar, Venka Simovska and Lisa Rosén Rasmussen will briefly present the two projects, and, taking a starting point in Julie’s reflections, we can discuss topics of broader relevance that cut across them.

Timeline and funding

The Project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark for the period 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2026