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Young people at the age of 16-20 years have long since left "the age of fairytales" behind. Very few of them have any knowledge of the variety of Hans Christian Andersen's work. But they have heard more than enough about the writer who had to go through such cruel ordeals. Andersen CROSSWISE answers the question of what they can still use him for.

Among other things, the project turns upside down the notion that our famous countryman is for children only. In 2004-2005 the project will provide material that will make it natural and appropriate to involve his works in upper secondary courses, both in the subject Danish and in connection with projects that involve more than one subject and we might add, in subjects in the upper secondary education system all over the world. Along the way, a number of reasons will be given as to why young people of today are not as far from the old writer as they themselves might think.

The purpose of the project is to spread the experience, the knowledge and the study of Hans Christian Andersen and his worlds and works to students in upper secondary institutions (ordinary grammar-school, hf, hhx, htx and upper secondary education institutions in other countries). The project seeks to develop and use subject-related didactic approaches relevant for "the upper secondary schools of the future", both in relation to the mother tongue subject and in the interaction between The mother tongue subject and other subjects.

The aim is also to contribute to the development of new types of educational tools for upper secondary teaching, characterized by a synergy in which Hans Christian Andersen contributes to creating a modern educational practice concerning texts and media, an educational practice that in turn will contribute to creating and communicating a modern, multimedia-related conception of Hans Christian Andersen and his art. New computermediated methods will open up new approaches, and new approaches might lead to unexpected perspectives.


  • Is an educational and developmental project carried out by the Danish Institute for Upper Secondary Education (DIG) and funded by Hans Christian Andersen 2005.
  • Will be published mainly on The Danish Site during the spring and autumn of 2004 here at the Hans Christian Andersen site.
  • Consists of four themes that address different target groups but are meant to work together.
  • Seeks to inspire and support the study of Hans Christian Andersen in various subjects in the upper secondary sector, both in the short and in the long term.


The drawing up of suggestions for teaching that might strengthen the knowledge of Hans Christian Andersen's life and works when teaching at upper secondary level and to strengthen the cooperation of subjects through interactive work methods.