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The Vocational Turn of Adult Education in Denmark: an analysis of adult education policy from the late 1990s

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Denmark has a strong and versatile tradition of adult education. Over a long historical period, adult education for enlightenment and leisure, for continuing study and for vocational and professional competence have been developed, been made part of state policy and been used by citizens. But in recent years the public and political presence of Danish adult education has changed. An indication of this is found in the fact that although education policy issues generally abound public and political debates, adult education is given much less attention that earlier. In this article we try to trace the causes of this and conclude that it is reflects a turn towards focusing on vocational types of adult education and a relocation of adult education policy to networks linking the state and the social partners. Drawing on theories of policy streams, policy networks and the competition state, we provide a historical analysis of Danish adult education reforms during the last two decades and document how the vocational turn has manifested itself.
Bidragets oversatte titelDen erhvervsrettede vending i dansk voksenuddannelse - en analyse af voksenuddannelsespolitikken fra slutningen af 1990'erne
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Sider (fra-til)254-267
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2019


  • voksenuddannelsespolitik, erhvervsrettet uddannelse, policy netværk, Konkurrencestat, Folkeoplysning

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