ERIC Number: ED314884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Handicapped Students in the Danish Educational System.
Ministry of Education, Copenhagen (Denmark).
The educational policy of Denmark and the educational system which has evolved from this policy are described. The policy states that everyone has a right to the same access to education and training, regardless of sex, social origins, geographic origins, and physical or mental handicap; and all public education is free of charge from the age of 5 or 6 years. Following a 9-year program in the Folkeskole, students continue their education along academic or vocational lines. In 1980, social reform for education of the handicapped was implemented in Denmark, centered around three main principles: normalization, decentralization, and integration. The concept of special educational assistance includes special instruction, stimulation and training, counseling/guidance, and educational aids. The Danish system also emphasizes individual assessments to determine appropriate placement, a continuum offering various degrees of integration, and leisure-time education and remedial instruction for adults with handicaps. A series of tables provides statistics on the present situation, indicating number of preschool children receiving special educational assistance, in total, by handicap, and by type of assistance provided; and percentage of primary school pupils receiving special education, in total, by grade, by handicapping condition, and by type of assistance. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education, Copenhagen (Denmark).
Identifiers - Location: Denmark