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Cultures of Program Planning in Adult Education

Concepts, Research Results and Archives

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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 Austrian Archives of Adult Education (Stephan Ganglbauer / Christian H. Stifter)

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Stephan Ganglbauer & Christian H. Stifter

The Austrian Archives of Adult Education

Abstract: The paper informs about the Austrian Archives of Adult Education. The history and the development of the archives will be explained. A wide range of activities are taking place currently. The archives significantly contribute to the displaying of past and present developments of Austrian adult education centres.

The Austrian Archives of Adult Education were founded in 1987. Their establishment was inspired by presentations, discussions and conversations at the conferences on examining historical sources in adult education that have taken place since 1981 during which questions of the historical development of the adult education centres after 1945 were addressed. The founding of the archives was directly prompted by the 100-year anniversary of the Viennese Adult Education Centres and an exhibition at City Hall in Vienna (cf. Knittler-Lux, 1987) for which numerous historical documents, photographs, posters and realia were collected after intensive research. These materials should not be lost again; instead, they should become the core of a special collection that will be looked after by an association of its own. Following the motto “Zukunft braucht Erinnerung” (The future needs memories) (Altenhuber, 2001), the Verein zur Geschichte der Volks­hochschulen (Association for the History of the Adult Education Centres) was established in December 1987.

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