Articles on Danish Adult Learning

Articles and reports 

PilMigrants are doing it by themselves
Alma Bekturganova Andersen and Rose Anne Valera came to Denmark from two very different parts of the world. They both have taken a central role in self organised learning activities among migrant women. 

PilAdult Education in times of crisis - Case Denmark
Which crisis are we actually talking about? Of course the international economic crisis starting in 2008, but also the general lack of priority of democratic and humanistic values, except when these can be converted into ‘employability’ in our new public management culture developed since the 1990s.

PilAdult Education 2.0 for both young adults and seniors
Young adults and senior citizens are at the centre of non-formal adult education priorities in Denmark these years. At the same time institutional changes at a governmental level have an impact on the sector.

PilBreaking social patterns
Motivating early school leavers for learning is one of the main challenges for adult education. A study shows that Danish non-formal adult education has created learning environments that are able of breaking social patterns thanks to special pedagogic approaches.

PilIn education after 22 years on social welfare
She thought she was stupid. The social worker suggested early retirement pension. Instead Elin Svenningsen went to a Danish non-residential folk high school. Now she is at her second year at the college of nursery teachers. 

PilA boost for adult education - but the non-formal area has been neglected
The Danish government has boosted adult education, but with an exclusive focus on formal and job related education. Non-formal education receives none of the new funding. On the contrary it has been cut on several occasions over the last 6 years.

PilRenewal amidst financial cutbacks
Developing new tasks and new methods is the way forward for non-formal adult education. But funding problems block renewal and innovation in Denmark, and the government is not ready to solve that problem.

PilPeople are flocking to adult education
Economic problems seem to motivate the Danish adults to begin an adult education whether formal or non-formal. Increases at the level of 37 and 46 percent have been registered. At the same time educators and decision makers are looking for new ways and methods.

PilCombining competencies, job opportunities and local needs
Women immigrants in Denmark are often isolated from the labour market, from the local society and from learning. In two innovative projects a Danish folk high school has trained women immigrants in catering and made other women immigrants environmental ambassadors in the community.

PilEducators instead of victims
The Danish voluntary association, established to help the Danish minority south of the border to Germany, is making a complete U-turn. They want the rest of Denmark to see the minority as role models and the minority to be educators in meeting of cultures and integration.

PilPromoting health and integration from the stage
A Minister of Life Style is rapping. A parent with double standards is preaching to his child. And a futurologist is obsessed with prehistoric time. These are some of the odd characters on stage when theatre, adult education and health issues get together.

PilProvider of social competencies and motivation
Non-formal adult education provides participants with a number of social and personal competencies that are relevant for the labour market. Also this sector is able to motivate participants to proceed into other kinds of education. This is documented in a survey made for the Danish Adult Education Association (DAEA).

PilThey want to - but they don't feel like it
Low-skilled people are very ambivalent towards offers of more education. A special effort regarding motivation and in teaching methods is needed. In this field, especially the Danish "Day Folk High Schools" are able to contribute, says professor Knud Illeris in this interview.

A national overview of methodologies and systems for validation of non-formal and informal learning in Denmark.