"Lyset for de lærde blot" Om voksenuddannelse og demokratisk deltagelse

Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir

Student thesis: Master thesis


RESUMÉ In this case study I discuss whether Starfsafl - a vocational fund for people with little formal education - can contribute to making the members better suited for participation in a democratic society. Political participation requires certain skills and qualifications and people with little formal education tend to be less politically active. Empowerment through strengthening of social, cultural and economical resources is therefore important. The fund has supported education that contributes to the more general and personal qualification. There is evidence that it has contributed to the confidence of the participants and to make them more likely to get more education, a better job and more likely to be able to influence their environment in a positive way. All of these can be said to strengthen their resources and thereby to empower them. Another dimension of empowerment is the process in which the individual gradually realises his or her political power. This is a process in three steps: the first two describe what a person has in terms of resources, rights and competences and what it feels it can do while the last one, political identity covers what the person actually does in terms of active participation. My conclusion is that Starfsafl and its support has made real impact regarding the first two steps while there is still something to be desired regarding the political identity.

Educations, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) GraduateEducational Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date28 Feb 2012
SupervisorsBirger Steen Nielsen & Bodil Damgaard


  • empowerment
  • voksenuddannelse
  • Demokratisk deltagelse
  • kortuddannede
  • Island