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Cultures of Program Planning in Adult Education

Concepts, Research Results and Archives


Edited By Bernd Käpplinger, Steffi Robak, Marion Fleige, Aiga von Hippel and Wiltrud Gieseke

This book is a unique approach in relating mutually international and comparative research from scholars on program planning for adults. Program planning is about needs, finding topics, making offers and bundling different contents. It makes organizations of adult education visible and contributes to their existence and is therefore a core activity of the professionals in adult education. The volume originates from an international conference hosted by Leibniz-University Hannover, which was organized by a plural expert group with key actors at Humboldt-University Berlin and the German Institute for Adult Education. The authors demonstrate the unique research method program analysis and present archives which offer an established infrastructure for heterogeneous research questions.

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Programs, Organizations and Providers in Adult Education – Insights from Program Analyses in Adult Education Organizations in Germany (Steffi Robak / Marion Fleige)


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Steffi Robak & Marion Fleige

Programs, Organizations and Providers in Adult Education – Insights from Program Analyses in Adult Education Organizations in Germany

Abstract: The contribution discusses the interrelation of topics/program structures, organizational forms (such as academies and community education centers) and profiles, also in the light of providers’ interests. It is based on the examples of two recent studies in the fields of cultural (Robak/Fleige et al. 2015) and intercultural education (Robak/Petter 2014). Against the background of these studies, the contribution sheds light on how program analysis can identify program structures and topics, also with respect to demands, needs, discourses, visions and gains of the providers, in educational politics and by the professionals as key factors of the planning process, as specific developments of programs and topics at a certain time. With respect to the particular fields of cultural and intercultural education, which are at present particularly emphazised by politics and form part of transformation processes in society, program analysis as presented in the contribution reveals current pedagogical concepts and learning structures in the areas of the arts but also of migration, escape, globalization and hybridization.


This paper is about programs, organizations and providers in adult education. It reflects on the tensions and interrelations between organizations and programs as well as on the roles providers play for the existence of a differenciated landscape of adult education – a field that is not regulated by laws and state intervention...

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