Accessibility of General Adult Education: An analysis of the restructuring of adult education governance in Denmark

Bidragets oversatte titel: Adgang til almen voksenuddannelse: En analyse af voksenuddannelsernes omstrukturering i Danmark

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The purpose of this paper is to examine how adult education institutions have developed in close connection with the Danish welfare state and how structural reforms since the 1990s have changed the institutional structure and impacted accessibility. This involves analyses of the main functions linked to the different types of adult education institutions (VUCs) in Denmark and their development in relation to welfare state policies in the first instance and to globalization and competition state policies in the second. Thus, the paper provides a historical outline of the development of adult education institutions in two main areas, a vocational and a general, followed by an analysis of selected policy documents on structural reforms. Focusing on the reforms of 2000, 2007, and 2018, the analysis identifies external and internal limitations to accessing general adult education. In conclusion, the market orientation of the VUC entails limitations to both external and internal accessibility.

Bidragets oversatte titelAdgang til almen voksenuddannelse: En analyse af voksenuddannelsernes omstrukturering i Danmark
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAdult Education Quarterly
Vol/bind72
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)24-41
Antal sider18
ISSN0741-7136
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2022

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