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Cultures of Program Planning in Adult Education

Concepts, Research Results and Archives

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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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Responsible Planning for North Korean Refugees as Adult Learners (Romee Lee / Kyung-Ran Roh)

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Romee Lee & Kyung-Ran Roh

Responsible Planning for North Korean Refugees as Adult Learners

Abstract: This chapter assesses the possibility of “responsible planning” for North Korean refugees as a new and alternative understanding and how it can be applied to the development and facilitation of education and training programmes. The meaning of planning as a value-laden activity and the importance of understanding context and learner characteristics of North Korean refugees in planning are emphasised. The chapter suggests a bottom-up approach from the field of practice where planners can liaise policy and practice for future improvement of education and training programmes for North Korean refugees and other groups of adult learners who are similarly situated in the world.

I.  Introduction

The increasing number of refugees globally is one of the concerns of the contemporary world. Currently, one person in every 122 is someone who has been forced to flee their home, and the total number has reached 60 million (UNHCR, 2015). While people have diverse reasons for leaving their home countries and settling in new lands, living as a refugee is one of the most challenging situations, requiring great effort on the part of refugees themselves to learn to settle in new and unfamiliar spaces.

In this context, the experiences of North Korean refugees in South Korea are less well known than those of other refugees such as those from the Middle East now heading for Europe...

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