Inklusionspædagogik – et didaktisk grundvilkår på VUC: En undersøgelse af hvordan VUC-lærere oplever og håndterer diversiteten

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  • Lea Lund, Denmark

This article focuses on Danish adult education in adult education centers known
as VUCs (a Danish abbreviation for Adult Education Centre). VUCs mostly
provide education for people who have not been admitted to further education,
or who have dropped out of the labor market. VUCs hence, form a link between
secondary education and labor market and/or further education. A large number
of students drop out of VUCs. The classrooms are characterized by a high degree
of heterogeneity. VUCs can be perceived of as highly inclusive institutions.
The purpose of the article is to shed light on this particular field of adult
education. Findings from an empirical study of the pedagogical strategies of VUC
teachers are presented, showing how teachers handle the diverse classrooms. The
analysis indicates that teachers span opposing roles: partly caring, supportive and
encouraging, and partly authoritative, sanctioning and controlling leadership. The
analysis also reveals that teachers experience an unresolved asymmetric situation,
resulting in inappropriate actions due to the use of the authoritative controlling
position. The conclusions point out that the actual conditions in which Danish
VUC teachers operate are demanding due to the diversity of students. The conclusion
also evidence that teachers experience dilemmas and paradoxes, manifested
as unresolved tensions.

Keywords: inclusion, adult learning, teacher of adult, andragogic, classroom
Original languageDanish
Book seriesCursiv
Pages (from-to)269-293
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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