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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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The Relationship between Organizations of Adult and Further Education and Program Design as illustrated by the Comparative Study on Germany and Poland (Wiltrud Gieseke / Sylwia Słowińska / Hanna Solarczyk / Helga Stock)


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Wiltrud Gieseke & Sylwia Słowińska & Hanna Solarczyk & Helga Stock

The Relationship between Organizations of Adult and Further Education and Program Design as illustrated by the Comparative Study on Germany and Poland

Abstract: To explore adult/further education structures in a comparative way between European countries demands the adjustment to a large heterogeneity. This also applied to the cultural education, which has been researched by us. Theoretically developed research approaches allow relationalisiation between country-specific differences. Comparisons are processed as relationship thinking, as a relationalized relationship (Schriewer). We searched for bridging phenomena and focused on openness during the development of this research. Identical portals of cultural education in both countries could be identified. But throughout the entire process of research different aspects have to be considered, such as historical experiences between the countries, mutual political social attributions, joint research strategies, cultural similarities and differences.

1.  Why comparative studies on adult education/further education?

There is hardly any segment in the educational field that is as complex and that varies as much between different countries as does the sector of adult education/further education. The differences have even been increased by the fact that in most European countries large parts of the field of adult education/further education are bundled on a fictitious market or tied to the principle of subsidiarity and thus to provider interests. As yet no plans have been made for guaranteeing continuity in order to meet the...

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