The amount of research available that examines and describes the educative value and didactic instruments of efterskoles is relatively limited. Therefore, The Efterskole Forening (Efterskole Association) initiated a research project that resultet in the book “Dannelse that works” in 2011. The project’s intention was to document and describe the particular didactics and pedagogy of the efterskoles, along with the educative and formative process that efterskole pupils undergo throughout the school year.

Similarly, it would provide proof to the outside world of what added value (dannelse’s value) efterskoles have to society. In this context, the Efterskole Association was not only interested in collecting statistical data on students’ education, but in particular in documenting the lasting quantitative and normative effects that efterskoles are able to provide.
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