A farmer becomes a social pedagogue: A psycho-societal approach

Karsten Mellon

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Summary: In Denmark various non-traditional students are mature-age students who already have some kind of a vocational background. When applying to do a professional degree, most of them fall outside the traditional admission requirements, which is why individual assessment of applicants is necessary for bachelor programmes. This article examines the case of a woman named Amy, a mature, non-traditional university college student who becomes a social pedagogue. Because of severe allergies, Amy had to quit her job as a farmer and began to study to become a social pedagogue. Becoming a social pedagogue is a tremendously complex process that involves taking on a new professional identity and acquiring new skills. In order to ascertain the extent of this complexity, this article uses a psycho-societal approach derived from a Danish/German life history research approach. This article offers a brief presentation of the theoretical and methodological framework applied before analysing the process Amy undergoes to become a social pedagogue. The analysis demonstrates that this type of significant career change is demanding and, for Amy, filled with feelings of ambivalence and defensiveness.
TidsskriftAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)307-330
Antal sider24
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2016


  • psycho-societal approach
  • life history
  • non-traditional
  • adult learner
  • social pedagogue
  • becoming

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