The School for Life: N.F.S. Grundtvig on Education for the People

The School for Life: N.F.S. Grundtvig on Education for the People

The School for Life: N.F.S. Grundtvig on Education for the People

The School for Life: N.F.S. Grundtvig on Education for the People

Synopsis

N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) produced a major body of work in the fields of theology, education, literature, politics, and history. He was also a poet, a hymn-writer, and a translator. In particular, however, it is his educational writings that over the years have attracted international attention - from the USA in the west to Japan in the east. In recognition of his influence the European Union called its adult education project 'the Grundtvig programme'.As part of its agenda to digitalise and translate some of this vast output, the Grundtvig Study Centre at the University of Aarhus is pleased to publish this broad selection of Grundtvig's writings on education in a completely new translation. The texts vary in form from poems and songs to articles in periodicals, introductions to books, an open letter to the Norwegians and a private letter to the King of Denmark. These texts, taken together, will provide a solid basis for international scholars without knowledge of Danish to be able to work closely with Grundtvig's ideas on education for the people.This book is accompanied by a CD (MP3 format) with the texts read by Edward Brodbridge and introduction and essays by Clay Warren.

Excerpt

N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) produced a major body of work in the fields of theology, education, literature, politics, and history. He was also a poet, a hymn-writer, and a translator. in particular, however, it is his educational writings that over the years have attracted international attention–from the usa in the west to Japan in the east. in recognition of his influence the European Union called its adult education project ‘the Grundtvig programme’.

As part of its agenda to digitalise and translate some of Grundtvig’s vast output, the Grundtvig Study Centre at the University of Aarhus is pleased to publish this broad selection of Grundtvig’s writings on education in a completely new translation. the representative selections have been taken from the standard collection of Grundtvig’s writings on education, Grundtvigs Skoleverden (1968) by Professor K.E. Bugge. They vary in form from poems and songs to articles in periodicals, introductions to books, an open letter to the Norwegians, and a private letter to the King of Denmark. Our hope is that taken together they will provide a solid basis for international scholars without knowledge of Danish to be able to work closely with Grundtvig’s ideas on education for the people.

To set Grundtvig’s ideas in their historical context, Professor Ove Korsgaard of the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, has provided a lengthy introduction, while postdoctoral researcher Uffe Jonas introduces each text into its immediate context. Finally, an essay by Professor Clay Warren, the George Washington University, discusses the international reception of Grundtvig’s ideas with special emphasis on adult education in the usa.

A timeline, a bibliography of works in English, a few selected illustrations, and a comprehensive index provide readers with a scholarly basis on which to build.

The Grundtvig Study Centre at Aarhus University was established on 1 January 2009 to continue the work of the former Centre for Grundtvig Studies, which was established in 1988.

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