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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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The Program-Archive of the DIE – Background, Development and challenges (Klaus Heuer)

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Klaus Heuer

The Program-Archive of the DIE – Background, Development and challenges

Abstract: The paper informs about the program archive at the DIE – the German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning. The history of this program archive will be explained. The development from a solely printed to a digital archive and its usage will be outlined.

1.  Short description of the collection – Development from the printed archive to a digital archive

1.1  The History of the Archive

When the DIE – the German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning – was founded in 1957 it was called the Pedagogical Office of the Confederation of German Ault Education Classes (the Pädagogische Arbeitsstelle des Deutschen Volkshochschul- Verbandes (Pedagogical Office of the German Volkshochschul-Verband) (PAS/DVV)). Its focus was on institutions which were widely recognized as public and publicly funded on a local government level: the Volkshochschulen (adult education centers). Nowadays there are around 1000 of these institutions in Germany.

Many of them have a backwards reaching tradition to the beginning of the 20.th Century. They have a well-established culture of program planning and producing leaflets of their programs. Two, sometimes three programs are produced and published each year. These leaflets include all the courses with short descriptions.

The Pedagogical Office collected on the basis of voluntary delivery nearly all programs of adult education classes mainly in West Germany. This is the...

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