Perspekt 2.0

More structure on the schools’ well-being initiatives, but no change in social well-being

Perspekt 2.0 is a set of structured, classroom-based teaching materials for the well-being activities in Danish primary and lower secondary schools. In partnership with Aarhus University, the Danish Center for Social Science Research (VIVE) and the Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM), we have evaluated not only how teachers and pupils respond to Perspekt 2.0, but also whether the material is better at improving the pupils’ well-being than the well-being activities that currently take place at the schools.

Perspekt 2.0 has not succeeded in improving social well-being among Grade 4 and 5 pupils as compared to the usual well-being activities at the schools. That said, both teachers and pupils are pleased with Perspekt 2.0, considering it meaningful to apply more structure to a part of the work with pupil well-being. On the one hand, the material has been positively received, but on the other, it has failed to generate the desired improvement in the pupils’ well-being. This highlights the importance of applying a rigorous approach to examining whether a given initiative has an impact.

Social well-being is generally high at primary and lower secondary schools in Denmark, with relatively few pupils experiencing low levels of social well-being. As a classroom-based initiative, Perspekt 2.0 did not succeed in raising the level of well-being among the pupils who are faring worst socially. The evaluation reveals that the material may be suitable for applying structure to a part of the work with well-being if you wish. However, we still lack knowledge about what is required to support those pupils who are experiencing low well-being today.

See below for more information about the evaluation findings and the methods applied in the RFI Insight.

About the initiative

Perspekt 2.0 is available in three modules intended for Grades 0–3, Grades 4–6 and Grades 7–9. To read more about Perspekt 2.0, click here (in Danish). The Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM) makes the material for all three modules available free of charge online at:

www.perspekt2.dk

(The material is in Danish)

About the evaluation

The evaluation is built on knowledge from three different studies, prepared in partnership with Aarhus University, the Danish Center for Social Science Research (VIVE) and the Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM), Click the links below to read the studies.

  • Analyses of social well-being, which paint a picture of social well-being at municipal public schools (Folkeskolen) in Denmark, and examine which pupils and classes experience low social well-being.
  • An impact evaluation, which used a randomised controlled trial to measure whether Perspekt 2.0 has improved the pupils’ social well-being as compared to the usual well-being activities at the schools. Find out more about why we use randomised controlled trials (in Danish).
  • An implementation evaluation, which has examined how the schools have received and implemented Perspekt 2.0.

“It’s really well structured. It’s easy to prepare for. There’s an action plan for you to follow, and as long as you follow it the course just flows”

/ Teacher

“I think it’s fun because there are ways to talk about how you actually feel when people do something. And it makes it a bit easier to understand the other people in your class. Sometimes there can be someone who gets upset, even though it was only a joke … but you don’t feel bad about it yourself, and then they do, and so sometimes it’s a bit easier to understand why they got upset.”

/ Pupil

Background

The Perspekt programme was originally developed by Jane Vinter and Allan Mads Knægt with support from the ROCKWOOL Foundation prior to the establishment of the Interventions Unit and the RFI model. The Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM) took over Perspekt and subsequently revised the material, resulting in Perspekt 2.0. DCUM has facilitated the evaluation of Perspekt 2.0. The centre is responsible for the dissemination of Perspekt 2.0 and places the material at the disposal of primary and lower secondary schools in Denmark free of charge.

Contact details

About the evaluation

For additional information about the evaluation, contact Senior Research Economist Anna Folke Larsen from the ROCKWOOL Foundation Interventions Unit at afl@rfintervention.dk or on +45 6166 1159.

About Perspekt 2.0

For additional information about the Perspekt 2.0 material, contact Method and Analysis Consultant Lea H. Jeppesen from the Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM) at perspekt@dcum.dk

To read more about Perspekt 2.0, click here (in Danish)

You can access the (Danish) Perspekt 2.0 material here: www.perspekt2.dk

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