folk high school

(redirected from Volkshochschule)

folk high school,

type of adult education that in its most widely known form originated in Denmark in the middle of the 19th cent. The idea as originally conceived by Bishop Nikolai GrundtvigGrundtvig, Nikolai Frederik Severin
, 1783–1872, Danish educator, minister, and writer, founder of the Danish folk high school. He came into doctrinal conflict with church authorities and was forbidden to preach but was reinstated (1832) and became titular bishop (1861).
..... Click the link for more information.
 was to stimulate the intellectual life of young adults (generally from 18 to 25 years of age) of rural Denmark, to foster patriotism and strengthen religious conviction, and to provide agricultural and vocational training. The first school, established in Schleswig (1844), was moved across the Danish border after Schleswig passed to Prussia. The movement then gained momentum, and numerous schools were established, with national history and literature emphasized in the curriculum. The folk high schools had a great influence on the civic life of rural Denmark and helped to improve the condition of the small farmer whose products were marketed through cooperative societies. The folk school idea spread throughout Europe with local adaptations, but by the early 20th cent. the movement had abated. In the United States notable experiments in this type of adult education were instituted at Rome, Ga., and at Brasstown, N.C., where the John C. Campbell Folk School was founded (1925). Most attempts to found folk high schools in the United States, however, have been unsuccessful.


See T. Rordam, The Danish Folk High Schools (1965); D. C. Davis, Model for a Humanistic Education: The Danish Folk High School (1971).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
August 2018 in der Volkshochschule Nordlicher Breisgau in Emmendingen.
Beck soon qualified as a state-approved teacher in voice, piano, and musicology, and was engaged as a lecturer in music history at the Herder Conservatory and Berlin-Harmsdorf Volkshochschule. His newfound mastery also paid off in an explosion of compositions, nearly fifty within four years, which included orchestral pieces, stage works, a ballet, choruses, Lieder, and a wealth of chamber music.
The exhibition will continue its activities in the German city of Aachen until the end of this month, and will be held at the adult education centre (Volkshochschule).
I made German friends, taught in a Volkshochschule in the evenings and learned to speak fluent German.
Mr Haderer had given remedial courses in a Folk High School ( Volkshochschule') as well as courses in ceramics and pottery in another Folk High School and a centre for parents ( Elternzentrum').
With his fellow professor Gebhard Frei, during the war years Beckmann gave a series of lectures at the Volkshochschule (college for adult evening classes) in Lucerne.
The very powerful scene at the meeting in Ottakring addressed by Winter and observed by Karlinger is based on a real-life incident at the Volkshochschule on the Ludo-Hartmann-Platz and reveals Seghers's gift for dramatic confrontations where ideology confronts the realities of human nature and experience (pp.