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Sweden’s Senior University: Bildung and fellowship
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-0634
2019 (English)In: The university of the third age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives / [ed] M. Formosa, Cham: Springer, 2019, p. 131-142Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter provides an overview of the Swedish Senior University movement and explores why individuals choose to participate in the organised learning activities. Currently, there are 34 Senior Universities across the country and they have a total of 25,000 members. They are organised as independent associations but linked to the Swedish Folkuniversitet system, one of ten educational associations that exist in the Swedish Folkbildning organisation (a ‘general level’ education structure for adults). When one asks participants in Senior Universities why they are involved in the association’s activities, two main points are generally raised. First, that they wish to further their education by acquiring new knowledge, and secondly, that they aspire to be part of a social community with other, like-minded and same-aged peers. Senior Universities are self-organised associations, and they mainly attract people with academic backgrounds. Hence, Senior Universities should only be regarded as one of several possibilities for people at a later stage of the life course to engage in learning activities. The Senior University is seen as something positive for those who are active in the movement, but there are several different reasons why people attend.

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Cham: Springer, 2019. p. 131-142
Series
International Perspectives on Aging, ISSN 2197-5841, E-ISSN 2197-585X ; 23
Keywords [en]
University of the third age; Senior university; Folkbildning movement; Educational gerontology; Active ageing; Third age; Sweden
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Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45491DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-21515-6_11ISBN: 978-3-030-21514-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-21515-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45491DiVA, id: diva2:1341212
Available from: 2019-08-08 Created: 2019-08-08 Last updated: 2019-08-08Bibliographically approved

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