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Education and Adult learning

pedagogik och vuxnas lärande

This is the home page of Education and Adult learning, a division of the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University

Our division is mainly built upon the following three areas:


Our focus is the conditions, processes and outcomes of adult learning, mainly in adult, popular and vocational education. More than twentyfive teachers and researchers work with undergraduate and graduate education, research and external relations. We belong to one of the most prominent university settings in the area of adult learning worldwide.

We run and/or coordinate a number of activities, for example:

  • The only folk high school teacher training programme in Sweden
  • The vocational teacher training programme
  • The Intercontinental Master's Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change, in cooperation between four universities in four continents
  • Mimer, the national network for research on popular education ("folkbildning")
  • A graduate school in adult learning
  • The Centre for Adult Educators, an important part in our external relations
  • The secretariat of ESREA, European Society for Research on the Education of Adults
  • Host institution of the European journal for research on the education and learning of adults

Our research is characterised by cooperation nationally and internationally, with researchers in for example Australia, Canada, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Germany, Kenya, Denmark.

Further information is provided via the links to the left and above


Paper back edition of "The Confessing Society"

The paper back edition of "The Confessing Society: Foucault, Confession and Practices of Lifelong Learning" authored by Andreas Fejes and Magnus Dahlstedt, published by Routledge, is now available. 

Grants from the Swedish research council

Per Andersson and Susanne Köpsén recently received a large research grant (5M SEK) from the Swedish research council for a project on vocational teachers competence development of their vocational knowledge. Henrik Nordvall, together with Andreas Fejes and Sofia Nyström, received a grant (730000 SEK) from the Swedish research council for research cooperation with colleagues in Eastern Africa on interaction between traditions of lifelong learning i Scandinavia and Eastern Africa. 

New book on popular education in Sweden

The first book ever introducing Swedish popular education in English has recently been published - Popular education, power and democracy



European society for research on the education of adults (ESREA)

European journal for research on the education and learning of adults (RELA)

National network for research on popular education

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Last updated: Wed Dec 10 10:38:08 CET 2014