The Transformation of Humanities Education

The Case of Norway 1960-2000 from a Systems-Theoretical Perspective

Vidar Grøtta

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The Transformation of Humanities Education

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Pub Date: November 2018

ISBN: 9783837643077

430 Pages

Format: Paperback

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The Transformation of Humanities Education

The Case of Norway 1960-2000 from a Systems-Theoretical Perspective

Vidar Grøtta

Transcript-Verlag

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This first comprehensive study of Norwegian humanities education employs systems theory to analyze its transformation from a form of teacher training to its modern status as research-oriented generalist education. Using historical documents and statistical analyses, Vidar Grotta shows that the expansion of the postwar research system in Norway led to an increase in admissions to humanities education in the 1960s and an ensuing research drift in humanities curricula. Interacting with certain political dynamics and the knowledge economy that has emerged since the 1970s, this research drift resulted in a shift in humanists' career patterns and a transformation of the societal functions of the humanities.

About the Author

Vidar Grotta holds a graduate degree in comparative literature and a PhD in educational research. He works as a policy maker, in addition to various teaching and writing assignments, at the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.