Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Søren Ehlers, Mads Hermansen, Susanne V. Knudsen
1 Department of Educational Sociology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Danish School of Education - Pædagogisk Sociologi, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University3 Danish School of Education - Pædagogisk Sociologi, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University
Though the interest for adult education is not new, the technological evolution has led to an increased focus on the topic. Much research in the last decade has been addressed to describe and analyse the barriers to participation in adult education and training by the least educated. This article follows this tradition. Using Edgar Schein's construct of organisational culture, the aim of the article is to describe the culture in relation to adult education at a specific factory. This is done by use of qualitative interviews with representatives from management and the unskilled workers at the factory. A first analysis of the interviews points at the espoused values among the leadership and in the official documents being positive in relation to education of the unskilled workers. Among the unskilled workers themselves the values are more mixed, some being positive in relation to education, while others are more negative. However, in agreement with the results of other research projects, the workers seem mostly to have an instrumental view in education, expecting it to be immidiately useful in their work if they are to participate.
Voksenuddannelse - Som Brobygger: Forskningstidsskrift Fra Danmarks Lærerhøjskole, 5. Årg. Nr. 7, August 2001, 2001, p. 131-144