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ERIC Number: EJ858008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Promoting Democratic Citizenship through Non-Formal Adult Education: The Case of Denmark
Milana, Marcella; Sorensen, Tore Bernt
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v53 n4 p347-362 Aug 2009
The article presents selected findings from in-depth case studies of two non-formal learning activities organized by the Danish Folk High Schools and Day High Schools, respectively. The purpose of the empirical study was to investigate how longstanding, non-formal, adult education institutions have worked to foster the acquisition of civic competencies among young adults, and thus contributed to learning for democratic citizenship. The analysis highlights that negotiation of meaning is never value-free; nonetheless teachers play a key role in securing a learning environment that allows for a multiplicity of views to be expressed and mutually recognized. Furthermore, the communication flow between learning institutions and the public sphere constitutes a crucial dimension for raising students' awareness of societal matters at both local and global level. The authors argue that, despite the particularity of the socio-cultural context that characterised the study, the above mentioned dimensions are of general interest for those involved in designing and managing learning activities for democratic citizenship in varying contexts. (Contains 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark