Adult education and the challenges of regional development: Policy and sustainability in North Denmark

  • 13 September 2016

Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 609–625

Authors: Palle Rasmussen (Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University), Hans Jørgen Staugaard (Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University)


Adult education is governed at many levels – internationally, nationally and locally. The authors of this paper look at the challenges, structures and practices of adult education policy at the local level, more specifically in North Denmark (Northern Jutland), one of the five administrative regions of the Danish nation-state. In many ways, the current educational challenges in this remote region of Europe are similar to what can be observed worldwide and especially in countries which are generally considered welfare states. The authors see the growing social and educational divide between the region’s peripheral areas and its largest city centre as a major challenge – for society as a whole and for adult education in particular. It is from this perspective that the authors describe the present structures of adult education in the region and the strategies employed by local authorities and educational institutions. This is followed by an evaluation of both structures and efforts in terms of their ability to cope with the challenges.

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