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Comparative Adult Education 2008

Experiences and Examples- A Publication of the International Society for Comparative Adult Education ISCAE


Edited By Jost Reischmann and Michal Bron Jr.

Adult and Continuing Education has become a field of action, reflection, and research all over the world. To learn from successful models developed worldwide, this book documents and discusses the progress of comparative adult education – aims, contents, methods, obstacles, and prospects. The first part examines basic questions of comparative adult education. The contributions offer a deeper understanding and include warnings of obstacles and pitfalls. They help to design research by building up on the theoretical framework developed in prior research. The second part presents experiences and «lessons learned», suggesting advice and warnings for successful comparative work. The studies in the third part illustrate research methods as well as topics important to researchers in various regions of the world. Descriptions of international institutions in the last part may assist to use their assistance and services.


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Jost Reischmann & Michal Bron Jr (Germany / Sweden): Introduction 9 A. Comparative Adult Education: Developments and Potentials Jost Reischmann (Germany): Comparative Adult Education: Arguments, Typology, Difficulties 19 Mark Bray (UNESCO-IIEP, France): The Multifaceted Field of Comparative Education: Evolution, Themes, Actors, and Applications 33 Alexander N. Charters (USA): Reflections on Background of Comparative Adult Education. A personal account 45 Lore Arthur (Great Britain): Networking and Intercultural Communication: Postmodern Challenges for International Comparative Adult Education 55 Michal Bron Jr (Sweden): Obstacles and Pitfalls. Inherent and Self-styled Dangers in Comparative Studies 65 B. Culture as Challenge: Experiences from the Field Barbara Merrill / Agnieszka Bron (Great Britain / Sweden): Lessons Learned from European Projects: Generality Versus Particularity 83 Katarina Popovic (Serbia): International Projects and Comparative Adult Education: The Example of EBiS 91 Tony Holland / Bob Pithers / Liam Morgan (Australia): Teaching Chinese Adults the Western Way: A Cross-Cultural Challenge 103 John M. Peters / Gloria Latham / Betty Ragland & Robert C. Donaghy (USA / Australia): Three Cultures of Teaching and Learning: Dialoguing across Continents 115 6 Table of Contents John Henschke (USA): Opportunities and Pitfalls in International Cooperation. Lessons Learned in the Cooperative Development of Lifelong Learning Strategies of an US and South African University 127 C. Comparative Studies: Examples from the Field Hasmik Hunanyan (Armenia): Lifelong Learning — a Challenge for Higher Education: A Comparative Study of a German and an Armenian University 143 Wolfgang Miiller-Commichau (Germany): Contemporary Jewish Adult Education in Germany, Israel and the United States 157 Barry Hake (The...

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