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The Folk High School:Denmark’s Contribution to Adult Education

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  • FolkehøJskole
  • Voksenuddannelse
  • Grundtvig
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Social Sciences


Om anvendelse af typografier 1 Fifth Nordic Conference on Adult Learning Reykjavik, March 2013 Adult education and social capital in local communities Annette Rasmussen Palle Rasmussen Centre for Education Policy and Evaluation Research Department of Learning and Philosophy Aalborg University Introduction Over the last 15 years the population the peripheral areas of Denmark has declined, whereas it has grown significantly in districts close to the large cities and in the metropolitan area. Com- pared to Denmark as a whole the rural districts in the periphery have the relatively highest pro- portion of children and older people and an educational profile dominated by unskilled workers and persons with vocational training. The geographical inequality in levels and patterns of edu- cation is not only present between the most urban and economically strong regions – especially the Copenhagen area – and other parts of Denmark. It also characterizes the situation inside the individual regions, where marked differences are found between municipalities. In this situation it is worth emphasizing the potential of adult education for the peripheral areas. Whereas full-time education often attracts young people to the centre areas, part-time education for adults is an opportunity for learning that may be combined with and strengthen the compe- tences for work and everyday life in the local community. Adult education arrangements may constitute social spaces where learning is combined with experience sharing and expansion of social networks (Rasmussen 2012). However, just like other types of education adult education is characterized by institutional con- centration. Specialization of education programs and teacher competencies, professionalization of administration and management as well decreasing levels of public funding – these factors combine to constitute economics of scale that encourage adult educat

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