Andreas Fejes

Andreas Fejes
Linköping University | LiU · Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL)

PhD

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Introduction
Andreas Fejes is professor and chair of adult education research at Linköping University. Fejes current research projects are: 1. Citizenship education within and beyond adult and popular education, 2. The bibliometrics of the field of adult education research, 3. Marketization of adult education and its consequences. 4. Migration, learning and social inclusion.
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October 2012 - present
Linköping University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Education
February 2002 - May 2006
Linköping University
Field of study
  • Education: adult learning

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Publications (160)
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The question of what the research of lifelong education is all about needs to be revisited from time to time. Not only is this line of research approached from a multitude of academic disciplines – such as sociology, psychology or philosophy – the very concepts that are used to denote the field also undergo important changes over time, e.g. from li...
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Call for Papers Thematic issue of RELA: 30 years of research on adult education, 30 years of ESREA
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Purpose: In this article, we focus on the language introduction (LI) programme for newly arrived migrants aged 16–19 in Sweden. We ask how it is organized for inclusion and what kinds of exclusion arise from such an organization. More specifically, we ask the question: in what ways do different settings for LI exclude at the same time as they inclu...
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Adult education and its teachers have an important role when it comes to providing knowledge that prepares asylum seekers for a potential life in a new country of residence. In this article we focus on the study circles organised by study associations and analyse the way study circle leaders (SCLs) mobilise their experience of migration in their wo...
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Popular education has a long history in Sweden, dating back to the mid-1800s and having developed in close relationship with the state. This relationship has been sustained over the years by the way popular education is spoken of as being “unique”—as being complementary to formal education. In this article, we focus on how the uniqueness of popular...
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This article focuses on how ‘problems’ regarding quality in adult education are constituted as particular sorts of ‘problems’. The analysis takes its point of departure in a poststructural analytic strategy called ‘What’s the problem represented to be?’. The material analysed consists of various policy documents concerning contemporary Swedish adul...
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Privatisation of public education is becoming more and more common across the world. As much current research presupposes causal links between the degree of privatisation and issues of competition and student's free choice, we see a need for research on other ways of organising the presence of private providers in public education. In this article,...
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It has often been claimed that English has emerged as the lingua franca of teaching and research at universi- ties across the globe. This entry provides an overview of language use within higher education internationally, with a particular view to highlighting conditions within the human sciences—that is, the social sciences and the humanities. The...
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In this article, we direct our focus on some of the recent activities undertaken by popular education institutions in Sweden in relation to the refugee challenge in 2015. The aim is to analyse how these popular education activities are shaped as specific communities of practice, through the ways they are described by those who organised these, and...
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This article poses these questions: How do participants on two different courses in folk high schools in Sweden, a basic course and a theatre course, motivate their educational and occupational choices, and what similarities and differences can be identified? We analyse interviews with students drawing on a narrative approach. Five trajectories eme...
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Youth recreation centres have been a key institution in providing young people with meaningful activity after school, going back to the mid-twentieth century in Sweden. These centres have been the focus of research, but very few studies have paid attention to the youth recreation leader, the person working in these centres. In this article, we dire...
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In times of market reforms and international migration, the Swedish welfare model has been seriously challenged. In the context of the arrival of refugees in 2015-2017, the state turned to civil society in facing up to the challenges. In this article, we direct our attention to the Workers' Educational Association's (ABF) state-funded work with ref...
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We began this book by launching a series of questions on what the adult education and learning research field looks like, how it has emerged historically and how it is transformed through contemporary policy and research practice. The chapters have, in different ways, contributed to answering these questions by case studies, as well as by looking a...
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In this article we report on findings from a large-scale bibliographic study conducted based on the citation practices within the field of research on adult learning. Our data consist of 151,261 citation links between more than 33,000 different authors whose papers were published in five leading international journals in the field of adult learning...
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What the field of adult education research is and how it can be described has been a debated issue over the decades. Several scholars argue that the field today is heterogeneous, borrowing theories and methods from a range of disciplines. In this chapter, we take such statements as a starting point for empirical analysis. In what ways could it be a...
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Research funding, promotions, and career trajectories are currently increasingly dependent on the emerging economy of publications and citations across the globe. Such an economy encourages scholars to publish in international journals that are indexed in databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. These developments place an increased emphasis on...
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If the framing and composition of research fields are never fully fixed or saturated (Abbott 1995; Gieryn 1983), this is a particularly salient feature of the research field that deals with the education and learning of adults. Not only is the research question of adult education and learning approached from a multitude of academic disciplines – su...
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An “economy of publications and citations” has emerged in academia, where databases as Web of Science and Scopus provide tools for “quality” measurements. The assumption is that such measurements are unbiased in terms of geography, language, gender etc. This is investigated by scrutinizing the “invisible colleges”, i.e. networks of citations in adu...
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Neoliberalism and Market Forces in Education provides a wide perspective on the dramatic transformation of education policy in Sweden that has taken place during the last 30 years, with a specific focus on marketization. The marketization of education in Sweden is set in the wider international context of changes in education systems. With contrib...
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For a long time, Sweden was known for having a well-developed education system, contributing to social mobility, equality and democratic citizenship (Ball & Larsson, 1989). Such an image still lingers on, despite Sweden falling behind in international comparisons such as PISA as well as in terms of a rapid increase in segregation. Or rather, this i...
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The contributions to this book centre around Swedish child education, where marketisation springs from a system based on vouchers, competition and the student’s free choice. Though the student’s free choice and vouchers are a common way of constructing the market in education, there are other systems of privatisation in and of education at play acr...
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Through the establishment of a free school choice, the right to establish independent schools, and possibilities to make profit on publicly funded schools, Sweden has developed one of the most market-oriented education systems in the world. Currently, Chile and New Zealand are two of the few countries where similarities to the extreme market orient...
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The first issue of RELA was published in 2010, so with this issue we enter the 10-year anniversary. In this editorial, we will firstly elaborate on what we as editors find that RELA has accomplished. Secondly, we introduce changes that are taking place while entering 2019, and lastly, we introduce the papers which are included in this issue...
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The role of adult education in the shaping and fostering of democratic citizens is prevalent in current transnational and national policy discussions; a significance which has been further infused by the past few years’ historically high migration flows. This article focuses specifically on the role of adult education in shaping asylum seekers into...
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This book discusses the current state of the art in research on the education and learning of adults, and how such research has been transformed through contemporary policy and research practices. Gathering contributions from leading experts in the field, the book draws on previous research, as well as new findings in order to provide a map of this...
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Utbildning för vuxna lyfts ofta fram som en lösning på en rad aktuella samhällsutmaningar. Allt från miljöfrågor till den mer övergripande målsättningen att skapa ekonomisk tillväxt. Men vuxenutbildningen har också ett tydligt demokratiskt och medborgerligt uppdrag, och i denna bok utforskar detta medborgerliga uppdrag utifrån dess grundläggande an...
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The aim of this article is to analyse the ways in which migration plays out in adult students’ narratives about their occupational choice and future, focusing on three individual narratives of adult students with various experiences of migration to Sweden. Drawing on Sara Ahmed’s conception of orientation, our results show how the adult students’ n...
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During the last decade, entrepreneurship education has become a central curricular topic in many locations in the world. In Sweden, entrepreneurship education was implemented in the curriculum for the first time in 2011, as something that should be included in all upper secondary school programmes. In this article, we focus on one of these programm...
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Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens turns attention towards normative claims about who adults should become through education, and what capacities and skills adults need to develop to become included in society as ‘full’ citizens. Through these debates, adults are construed as not yet citizens, despite already being citizens in a formal s...
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In this article, we focus on how a discourse on inclusion operates through language learning programmes for migrants. We direct our attention to a new form of activities funded by the Swedish government, Swedish from day 1, organised by popular education institutions. These activities emerged in connection to the migration flows in 2015, receiving...
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In this article we report on findings from a large-scale bibliographic study conducted based on the citation practices within the field of research on adult learning. Our data consist of 151,261 citation links between more than 33,000 different authors whose papers were published in five leading international journals in the field of adult learning...
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Sverige har genom det fria skolvalet och rätten till vinster i välfärden skapat ett av världens mest marknadsutsatta utbildnings­system. Vilka konsekvenser har detta fått för skolans likvärdighet och kompensatoriska uppdrag, och hur påverkar systemet lärare och elever? Dessa är några av de mest brännande frågorna i ­dagens diskussion om skolan och...
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The role of education in citizen training has been well mapped out in youth education. What has been less studied is how this role comes into being in adult education. By providing illustrative empirical examples from a recently completed study of adult students enrolled in adult education, this article aims to offer a theoretical response to the q...
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The aim of this article is to problematize the ways class and gender are played out in adult students’ narratives about their occupational choice and future. Drawing on Beverly Skeggs, we analyse how students think about future occupations, what motivates them towards these and how they are able to form their future in relation to them. Taking on S...
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Yrkeslärares studier om yrkesdidaktik Vad är yrkesdidaktik? Hur ser yrkesämnenas didaktik ut? Tolv lärare på gymnasieskolans yrkesprogram som bedrivit egna licentiatstudier belyser här, tillsammans med några forskare, hur yrkesdidaktik kan ta form i en svensk kontext. Författarna lyfter viktiga aspekter av yrkeslärares arbete, så som bedömning, yrk...
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In this piece, we argue that an economy of publication and citations has emerged that not only changes the notion of what is deemed quality in educational research but also changes the incentives of us as researchers. With pressure on publishing in 'international’ journals, education researchers are increasingly pushed to publish their research in...
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Förmiddag den 6 december 2016. Politiker, lärare och andra med intresse för svensk skola håller andan. Får vi ännu ett " PISA-fiasko " ? Presterar svenska elever sämre än för tre år sedan? Eller kan vi se en vändning? Når vi upp till OECD genomsnittet? Borde vi inte ligga i topp, som vi en gång gjorde? Resultaten offentliggörs. Svenska elever prese...
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In recent decades education has been suggested as an important solution to current problems of the population’s health. A high level of education in general is construed as essential for the nation’s well-being and competitiveness. In this article we problematise the ways in which discourses on education, learning and health have become interlinked...
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This paper historicises and problematises the concept of the digital citizen and how it is constructed in Sweden today. Specifically, it examines the role of popular education in such an entanglement. It makes use of a genealogical analysis to produce a critical 'history of the present' by mapping out the debates and controversies around the emerge...
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The aim of this article is to analyse how a discourse on the role model operates in youth recreational work. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s concepts of subjectivity, discourse and power-knowledge, the article analyses interviews with youth recreation leader students enrolled at a folk high school, and their talk about occupational choice. The analysi...
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The focus of this article is the discourse of entrepreneurship education in Sweden. Drawing on a genealogical approach, the analysis draws attention to how this discourse is shaped in the curriculum today, and how it has come to emerge. Focusing on two key events that constitute this discourse, responsibility and problem-solving, and tracing these...
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The aim of this article is to contribute to an understanding of contemporary processes of negotiations concerning belonging and non-belonging to the Swedish social community. Taking on a theoretical approach on belonging inspired by Yuval-Davis and Jacobsen, the article analyses three individual stories of women who have migrated to Sweden. Out of...
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This article analyzes the formation of citizenship in today's multi-ethnic Sweden with a particular focus on how migration renders visible existing citizenship ideals, defined in terms of similarity and difference on the basis of ethno-cultural background. Analysing three individual stories of women who have migrated to Sweden, with different biogr...
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In recent years, researchers throughout the world have come under increased pressure to publish in English, direct their scholarly work to internationally acclaimed journals indexed in the dominating databases (i.e. Scopus and Web of Science) and render their work citable among peers in other countries. In this chapter, we summarize some recent bib...
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In this article we have analysed the ways a discourse on individualisation is taking shape within adult education in Sweden, how it operates, and what effects it has in terms of shaping student subjectivity. Drawing on a post-structural theorisation we analyse interviews with teachers and students in municipal adult education (MAE) and folk high sc...
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The marketisation of education is a global phenomenon and has attracted increased interest during the last three decades, not least in terms of research on school choice and its consequences. However, while much research has been conducted on the marketisation of schooling, less attention has been directed at adult education. In this paper, focus i...
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Den professur i vuxenpedagogik jag tillträdde 1 oktober 2012 är den enda i sitt slag i Sverige. Genom riksdagsbeslut inrättades den med syfte att stärka forskning inom det vuxenpedagogiska området. Inte minst var det del i satsning på att stärka forskningsbasen vid folkhögskollärarprogrammet vid Linköpings universitet, det enda lärosäte där detta p...
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Det mediala landskapet målar upp skolans kris med utgångspunkt i internationella mätningar som PISA-undersökningen (Skolverket, 2013). Mot bakgrund av denna kris finns det tre förhållandevis uppenbara skäl att fästa uppmärksamhet vid politikområdet vuxnas utbildning och lärande. För det första, oavsett vad man väljer att se som huvudskälen till sko...
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In this paper, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, I argue that academics are enmeshed in power relations in which confession operates, both on and through academics. Drawing on Foucault’s genealogy of confession, I illustrate how academics are not only invited to reflect on performance, faults, temptations and desires in their work and private...
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If something useful about the present is said by Foucault’s (1998) argument that Western man has become a confessing animal and that confession has become the most valuable technique for producing truth in society, we will argue that we live in a confessing society. One of the primary arguments made by Foucault (1998) is that verbalization has beco...
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Anställningsbarhet är ett populärt begrepp i dagens politiska diskussioner. Ordet fylls med olika innehåll beroende på när och var det används. Begreppet används för att legitimera ändringar inom flera politikområden, till exempel inom utbildnings-eller arbetsmarknadspolitiken. Inom skolpolitiken, och inte minst i och med den nya gymnasieskolan, ha...
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Anställningsbarhet är ett flitigt använt begrepp i dagens diskussioner om utbildning och arbetsmarknad. I sådana diskussioner är relationen mellan utbildning och arbetsmarknad central. Skapar utbildningen anställningsbara medborgare? Vilka åtgärder finns för att göra medborgarna än mer anställningsbara? Frågor av denna art är central inom policyska...
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We argue that municipal adult education (MAE) can be seen as a place for displaced and abnormal citizens to gain temporary stability, enabling their shaping into desirable subjects. Drawing on a poststructural discursive analysis, we analyze policy texts and interviews with teachers and students. Our analysis illustrates how two distinct but interr...
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This special issue presents an overview of international research on adult education and learning in journals, conferences, unions of adult education, programmes for unskilled workers.
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This paper explores citizenship discourses empirically through upper secondary school student’s understandings, as these emerge in and through their everyday experiences. Drawing on a post-structuralist theorisation inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, a discourse analysis of data from interviews with students is carried out. This analysis char...
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What the field of adult education research is and how it can be described has been a debated issue over the decades. Several scholars argue that the field today is heterogeneous, borrowing theories and methods from a range of disciplines. In this article, we take such statements as a starting point for empirical analysis. In what ways could it be a...
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In this open issue we present five papers covering different adult education and learning contexts across different geographical spaces, ranging from Spain, Germany, Eastern Europe to Canada. The topics of research range from young people to retired people, adult educators and men and women reading self-help literature.
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How do adult students enact citizenship, and what discursive and material conditions make certain enactments more or less possible? This paper draws on 37 interviews with adult students at Swedish Folk High Schools and focuses on the everyday material-discursive enactments of interactive media in adult students’ statements about citizenship. Drawin...
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The focus of this chapter is on education as a social right and particularly the formation of ‘active citizens’ through cognitive behavioural techniques adopted by schools across Sweden. On the basis of interviews with staff from two different schools, as well as manuals, the analysis focuses on two therapeutic programmes. The theoretical point of...