Trine Øland

Trine Øland

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My primary fields of research are sociology of education and history of education.  I am interested in the significance and effect of welfare state progressivism and integrationism, e.g., progressive pedagogy in public schools in Denmark and welfare work with immigrants and refugees in public welfare provisions.

I am concerned with the interplay between avowed intent and unheeded forms of practice within welfare work as a complex cultural and social matter. I engage in critical studies of classification and racialization processes in connection to development and transformation of educational ideas and practices, locally anchored but related to international, global and scientific efforts. I use a variety of methodological approaches, primarily historical and archival sources, observations and ethnographic field research, and sociological interviewing.

Previously, I have observed and analysed the social practice of thematic work and project work in public schools in a social class perspective (1970s and 2000s), examined the cultural constructs of the child and human potential in progressive pedagogy in Denmark as part of an international and scientific enlightenment movement (1920s to 1950s), conducted a collective biography of 549 Danish progressive ‘school-pedagogues’ such as teachers, psychologists, artists, philosophers, etc. (1929-1960), and studied the political and educational ideas of canons on culture, history and democracy and the role intellectuals play in this context (2000-2010).

Current research

I have just concluded a sociological interview study of welfare workers’ ambiguous work with immigrants and refugees. The study identified a welfare dynamic of remedial circularity and othering in modern welfare work, and it thus contributes to the field of sociology of professions with its focus on welfare work’s symbolic and societal effects. This work is published as a book: "Welfare Work with Immigrants and Refugees in a Social Democratic Welfare State" (Routledge, 2019).

In 2019 I am engaged in two projects. The first project is “Refugee arrivals and welfare dynamics in Denmark, 1978-2016”. This project explores hierarchical relations, investments and reasonings encompassed in welfare work with newcomers, respectively Vietnamese in the 1970s, Bosnians in the 1990s, and Syrians in the 2010s. Focus is on the sociological effects of welfare work and the agency of the welfare professions in a postcolonial perspective. Sources for analyses are professional periodicals for social educators, teachers, social workers and nurses, but also material from municipaloties and civil society organisations. The project is carried out in collaboration with VIA University College by Marta Padovan-Özdemir.

The second project is ”Interdisciplinarity, problem based learning and school management in public school practice”. The project explores the practices that accompany the avowed ‘flexible school’ and ‘school without a timetable’. Focus is on how this interdisciplinary school is produced by engaged agents through processes, situations and manifestations in the everyday life of the school. Foundations for analyses are literature on school management, observations of project processes in third-fifth grade, and interviews with the teams involved. This project is part of a book venture about interdisciplinarity across the educational system in collaboration with researchers from Department of Science Education (Katrine Lindvig), Copenhagen Business School (Marie Ryberg) and University College Copenhagen (Sofie Sauzet).

I am currently Head of Section of Education, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen (2013-), Head of the research group The History and Sociology of Welfare Work (2014-)  and member of the research group Children, Media and Culture.

I am also chairman of the professional board (faggruppen) of the Consortium for Education and professional welfare work; a collaboration between University College UCC and Section of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Univresity of Copenhagen (2015-), and I am editor of the Danish educational journal Dansk pædagogisk Tidsskrift (DpT) (2003-).

I have supervised and am currently supervising the following Ph.D.-theses:

Eva Bertelsen (co-supervisor): 'Curriculum' til fremtiden? Karakteristikker af "den nye gymnasieskole" gennem perspektiver på institution, nybyggeri og elevsubjektiviteter, Ørestad Gymnasium som case (graduated 2013)

Marta Padovan-Özdemir (principal supervisor): The Making of Educationally Manageable Immigrant Schoolchildren in Denmark, 1970–2013: A Critical Prism for Studying the Fabrication of a Danish Welfare Nation State (graduated 2016)

Katrine Lindvig (co-supervisor): Creating Interdisciplinarity within Monodisciplinary Structures (graduated 2017). Institut for Naturfagenes Didaktik, KU.

Sofie Rosengaard (principal supervisor): Pædagogik i en krisetid. [Daycare Education In A Time Of Crisis] (graduated 2018)

Marianne Brodersen (co-supervisor): Den ”forstyrrende” elev som interventionsfelt for professionelle i og omkring skolen. Et studie af dynamikker i professionel viden mellem elever, professionelle og stat. [The “disturbing” child as field of intervention for professionals in and around the school. A study of the dynamics of professional knowledge between pupils, professionals and state] (2015-2018). Roskilde Universitet.

Lone Bæk Brønsted (principal supervisor): Lærerarbejde og socialpædagogik. [Teacher Work and Social Pedagogy] (2016-2019)

Malene Kubstrup Nelausen (principal supervisor): Elevfællesskaber og inkluderede elevers mulighed for at blive til som elever og klassekammerater efter inklusionsloven (2016-2019)

Stine Saabye Bach (principal supervisor): Skolens eksistensbetingelser for elever med social angst [Conditions of existence for pupils who suffer from social anxiety] (2017-2020)

Stine Thygesen (principal supervisor): Normaliseringspraktikker og anbragte børns skolegang: velfærdsarbejdets praksis og potentialer [Welfare work with children in care] (2017-2020)

Teaching

I have taught and teach the following courses (or similar):

The History of Education (BA)

Sociology of Pedagogy and Sociology of Education (BA)

Educational Research and research methods in Education (BA)

The field of educational sciences (MA)

Analysis of educational issues (MA)

I supervise papers, MA-thesis and PhD-thesis within these areas

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Welfare work with immigrants and refugees in a social democratic welfare state

    Øland, T., 15 Feb 2019, London & New York: Routledge. 199 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

    Statecrafting on the Fringes: Studies of Welfare Work Addressing the Other

    Øland, T. (ed.), Ydesen, C. (ed.), Padovan-Özdemir, M. (ed.) & Moldenhawer, B. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Museum Tusculanum.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Flygtningeankomster og racialiserede velfærdsdynamikker i Danmark, 1978-2016

    Padovan-Özdemir, M. & Øland, T., Dec 2018, In : Social Kritik:Tidsskrift for social analyse & debat. 30, 156, p. 20-33 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    The cultural policy of canons and the role of intellectuals

    Rosengaard, S. & Øland, T., 18 Jun 2018, In : Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift. 2018, 1, p. 48-72 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    ‘‘Human potential’ and progressive pedagogy: a long cultural history of the ambiguity of ‘race’ and ‘intelligence’’

    Øland, T., 2017, Sociology of Education II. Ball, S. J. (ed.). London: Routledge, (Routledge's Major Themes in Education series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Reformpædagogik - progressiv pædagogik

    Øland, T., 20 Jan 2017, Didaktikhåndbogen: Teorier og temaer. Laursen, P. F. & Kristensen, H. J. (eds.). København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, p. 107-127 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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