Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 2(4), pp. 387 - 395
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020407
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Swedish Folk High Schools (Folkhögskolor): Past and Present. A Look from the Polish Perspective


Tomasz Maliszewski *
The Faculty of Education and Philosophy, Pomeranian University, Słupsk, Poland

ABSTRACT

The article presents an outline of the history of Folk High Schools in Sweden. The analysis includes mainly social and political determinants of their functioning in Poland’s northern neighbor. The main trends of the evolution of social functions of these institutions has also been presented in the article encompassing 145 years of their functioning: from the educational center for peasantry (before 1918) – through the educational institution catering for the needs of social movements (1918-1968) to the concept of skola för alla (Eng.: School for All). Because of the gaps in international writing in this scope, an emphasis has been put on ideas concerning the origins of Folk High Schools in Sweden as well as on a quantitative analysis of their activities during the last decades. The entire analysis has been presented against the background of Polish interests concerning the Swedish folkhögskolor (and folkbildning) from the half of the 19th century until the present day.

KEYWORDS
History of Swedish Folk High Schools, Non-Formal Education in Sweden, Adult Education vs. Politics, Polish-Swedish Educational Relations

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Tomasz Maliszewski . "Swedish Folk High Schools (Folkhögskolor): Past and Present. A Look from the Polish Perspective." Universal Journal of Educational Research 2.4 (2014) 387 - 395. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020407.