ERIC Number: ED054444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Model for a Humanistic Education: The Danish Folk Highschool.
Davis, David C.
This book is divided into seven parts. Part 1 defines and gives the purpose of Danish folk high schools. These schools are boarding schools outside the regular school system, where anyone over the age of 18 may come, irrespective of economic condition or educational background, where there is a close relationship between students and staff, and where the concern is with cultural and social problems of universal interest. Part 2 gives a brief biography of Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, the philosopher who originated the idea of this sort of school. Part 3 describes the beginnings and development of the schools to their present stage. Part 4 gives a picture of the quality of the experience enjoyed by the students at the folk high schools. Part 5 talks of the new humanism, which serves as a philosophical basis for these schools. Within this school of thought, man's nature is not to be found in isolated individuals, but in his relationships. Part 6 discusses the conflict within the folk high schools today about their goals and their contributions to society. Part 7 writes of the implications of these schools in that an experience in one is similar to the experience of life itself, in which the individual arrives with only himself and leaves with only himself, after having examined many paths. (CK)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Educational Philosophy, Folk Schools, General Education, History, Humanism, Interpersonal Relationship, Quality of Life, Residential Institutions, Self Actualization, Student Teacher Relationship, Values
Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, Columbus, Ohio (no price quoted)
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Identifiers: Denmark; Grundtvig (Nicolai)