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Folk high schools as educational avant-gardes in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Popular education, power and democracy: Swedish experiences and contributions / [ed] Ann-Marie Laginder, Henrik Nordvall and Jim Crowther, Leicester: NIACE - National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 2013, 1, 72-96 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Popular education, a distinctive Swedish tradition of lifelong learning, has always concerned itself with the relationship between learning, power, and democracy in society, rather than having a purely individualistic and instrumental approach to learning for employability, which has dominated policy and practice. Through the themes of power and democracy, this book examines popular education's contribution to enhancing people's lives in communities. It reflects on the wider significance and explores the impact on the political culture of the state and the cultural politics of society within and outside Sweden, including the US, Japan, Canada, and Tanzania. As a comprehensive and unique collection, the book balances historical reflection, contemporary issues, and the international impact of popular education, combining theoretical analysis and empirical data. *** ...this book provides a wonderful introduction to the historical development and some of the current aspects and examples of Swedish popular education, both in Sweden and beyond....Its various chapters show the continued relevance of popular education approaches to addressing major educational and social issues and their diversity and rich theoretical grounding provide enough stimuli to engage educators and practitioners alike....a key resource in the worldwide struggles for social justice by demonstrating how education can be both (a) a tool for social change as well as for personal transformation and (b) how insights gained from others' actions and struggles can be used by people the world over. -- Tom Nesbit, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, in the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 2013

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Leicester: NIACE - National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 2013, 1. 72-96 p.
Keyword [en]
Education Social aspects, Adult education
Keyword [sv]
Folkbildning sociala aspekter, Vuxenutbildning
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105080ISBN: 978-1-86201-579-1OAI: diva2:703455
Available from: 2014-03-06 Created: 2014-03-06 Last updated: 2014-10-22Bibliographically approved

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