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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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Introduction (Bernd Käpplinger / Steffi Robak / Marion Fleige / Aiga von Hippel / Wiltrud Gieseke)


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Bernd Käpplinger & Steffi Robak & Marion Fleige & Aiga von Hippel & Wiltrud Gieseke


This anthology refers back to the international conference ‘Cultures of program planning in adult education: policies, autonomy, and innovation’, which was held in Hannover on September 28th – 29th, 2015. For the present volume, we assembled some of the papers presented at the conference and added some additional papers by other international colleagues interested in theory and research on cultures of program planning in adult education. The conference was a cooperative effort by the Leibniz University Hannover, the German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning, and the Humboldt University, Berlin. It was organized by the expert group on program planning and analyses in Germany ( The following members of this expert group were in charge of the call for papers: Dr. Marion Fleige and Dr. Klaus Heuer (German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning), Prof. Aiga von Hippel, Prof. Bernd Käpplinger, Prof. Wiltrud Gieseke (Humboldt University, Berlin), Prof. Steffi Robak (Leibniz University Hannover). The conference was funded by the institutions named above and by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

Until that date, program planning in adult education had not been subject of a single conference at the international level, yet, ‒ a rather surprising fact, considering that the planning and provision of programs for adults is one of the core activities of the professional personnel...

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