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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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Challenges and Contradictions of Programme Planning in Russia (Tatiana Mukhlaeva / Irina Sokolova)


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Tatiana Mukhlaeva & Irina Sokolova

Challenges and Contradictions of Programme Planning in Russia

Abstract: Programme planning is considered in the article to a high degree as reflection of social processes and relations between humanity and nature tackling its main challenges. Two different paradigms in the educational theory and ideology determine the programs policy: the managerial one, focused on efficiency, primarily, in the economic sense, and the one that can be called “humanistic”. Key challenges of adult education outside professional education are modestly considered by the managerial paradigm, which drives considerable share of formal education programs, whereas non-formal education programs have high potential for contributing to the core mission of adult education. The article substantiates the opportunities for meeting challenges and analyzes contradictions in the field of non-formal education programme planning through highlighting primarily environmental programs of High Folk School, which is a developing education institution in Russia.

Challenges Facing Adult Education Programs

Speaking about the challenges facing adult education programs, we primarily focus on those most distinguished and general ones that emerge in the context of people and planet development processes and outline the concept of program designing. We regard the program as “the materialized result of convergence and coordination procedures and an expression of a pedagogical action concept, where conceptual and demand-oriented considerations are newly interlinked” (Gieseke/Opelt, 2005, p. 43) and its historical-educational definition “… a program works as a reflection of social processes” (Gieseke, 2015). The reflection...

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