International Perspectives in Different Countries
“Configurations” of (Adult) Education: Reflections on Concepts How to Compare Complex Cultural Settings
Undoubtedly, there are global trends which cannot be overseen: The ‘McDonaldization’ of eating habits may be one of it, perhaps also the triumphal procession of the iPhone or recently mass protests especially of young people in totally different political cultures. A global trend of particular transformations in international adult education, however, cannot really be witnessed. Certainly, there are ‘drives’ such as the transformative-learning-movement (cf Auretto, 2001). The ideas of Jack Mezirow have a remarkable influence throughout the world, beyond question. But on closer inspection, their protagonists are extremely homogenous as far as their socio-cultural background is concerned and they are far away to mirror the multiculturalism of the global community. I made personally the completely surprising experience to be invited as keynote speaker to a congress on biographical research at Porto Alegre (Brazil) with more than 2.000 adult educators participating. Also this topic has obviously an appeal particularly in transformation societies. On the other hand, we observe that its attractiveness is on the decrease in post-modern societies of the Western world (cf Alheit/Dausien, 2009).
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