Mesterlære - fra middelalderens håndværkerlaug til de moderne erhvervsuddannelser

Gry Nielsen-Jexen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis seeks to investigate the old concept of apprenticeship in connection with the historical development of the Danish vocational educations. By making relevant dives in the history of the design and growth of the Danish vocational educations as modern educational institutions, I seek to show which transformations apprenticeship, understood as an educational practise, has undergone from time to time.
Although this subject is relatively unexplored in historical as well as educational studies, there appears to be an overall consensus in the field, that apprenticeship within the craft sector from the Middle Ages, is where it all began. As I started looking through the historic craft guild’s sets of rules, it appeared that apprenticeship in the Middle Ages was more about socialization into the special and closed cultures of craftsmen, than about passing on the crafts. By analysing important political issues and historical events in the history of Danish vocational educations, I seek to illustrate how apprenticeship has been transformed in various ways throughout time. It showed that the different transformations of apprenticeship as an educational practise, that I found, has been heavily influenced by the steadily rising discourse about the value of school education, which has formed the entire Danish education system over the past two hundred years.
At the end of the thesis I discuss what significance apprenticeship have had in the historical development of the Danish vocational educations, and furthermore in which form apprenticeship is expressed in the educational studies as well as in politics today.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jun. 2018
Antal sider67
VejledereLene Larsen & Karin Cohr Lützen


  • mesterlære
  • erhvervsuddannelser
  • lærling
  • lærlingelove
  • uddannelseshistorie
  • vekseluddannelse
  • håndværk
  • håndværker
  • håndværkerlaug