120.282 (21S) International Research and Development in ALE and VET

Sommersemester 2021

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17.03.2021 13:00 - 17:00 online Off Campus
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LV-Titel englisch
International Research and Development in ALE and VET
Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
6 (35 max.)
zum Moodle-Kurs

If the situation around Covid-19 permits it, the date is held on 16.06. in presence.

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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students attending this course will be able to collect a decent set of knowledge upon trends and issues in international research and development of adult education and lifelong learning. Based on necessary ground, students will develop their skills to relate to those particular trends and issues to have influenced research and development work by reflection, analysis and reasoning with critical thoughts and positions.

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

This course will discuss the trends and issues of international research and development in adult education and lifelong learning. Accordingly, this will imply critical insight to the progression of trends in adult education policies, initiatives and aims having been represented by international bodies as UNESCO, OECD, ILO and the European Community (EEC and EU). Also, document analysis will also help the elaboration so as to underline the argument with relevant facts and figures.  


  • Adult education and lifelong learning – a public good? Post-war dilemmas of for the international community – democratization and/or mass education for adults. UNESCO’s impact on the internationalisation of adult education – The CONFINTEA platform;
  • CONFINTEA II (1960), the matter of Literacy as a new wave of development and advocacy work – From 1965 Teheran Conference to the UN 2020 Global Alliance for Literacy; UNESCO research focus on Adult Education in the 1960s;
  • The 1970’s – an era of crisis to challenge adult education research work with a rise of comparative studies; the impact of the Faure-Report and the reports of the Club of Rome and  CONFINTEA III (1972);
  • The changing nature of the European Economic Community towards education and training at the early 1970s The influence of the OECD in 1973 to Recurrent Education;
  • UNESCO Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education in Nairobi (1976) to strengthen research and development; the role of the ICAE; Matters of underrepresented social groups as special groups of adult education;      
  • The right to education and the impact of CONFINTEA IV (1985) in changing times of the falling bipolar world; Impact of UN development work, growing issues of social, economic and environmental inequalities;
  • The roles of World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien – 1990) and the changing natures and focuses of international organisations in adult learning and education: the performance focus of the OECD with its international surveys, UNESCO CONFINTEA V (1997) and its influence on  research and development;
  • The making of the European Union in between 1986 and 1993 and its influence on the roles  of EAEA and ESREA; The beginnings of European programmes and policy orientations to adult education and lifelong learning; the impact of the 1995 White Paper on Education and the European Year of Lifelong Learning (1996); The role of Socrates I programme and its adult education focus;
  • New research trends and issues in adult education and lifelong learning in between 1993 and 2020;
  • The Millenium Challenges: The Dakar Framework for Action and World Education Forum I. (2000); The Lisbon Goals/Education and training 2010 programme of the European Union and Socrates II Educational Programme with its Grundtvig-prog.(2000-); VET focuses and the roles of CEDEFOP and ETF. OECD focuses on adult learning (2006);
  • The impact of EAEA Trends and Issues (2006); The adult learning orientations of the EU: Grundtvig Programme for 2007-13 period; two communications of the European Commission on Adult Learning (2006 and 2007); The impact of the European enlargement upon a common European policy frame and development focus in adult education and lifelong learning;
  • The influence of research and development focuses of university lifelong learning. The work of eucen and EUA. The collaborative role of the European LLL Platform. The impact of ASEM LLL HUB on comparative studies in lifelong learning;
  • CONFINTEA VI (2009) and GRALE I – Research focuses to balance the economic with more social; the impact of technological advancements and their affecting digital learning both in formal and in non-formal structures; ICAE reflections on ALE; 
  • GRALE II (2013) on Adult Literacy and the World Education Forum II. (2015); the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015)
  • GRALE III (2016) in the context of SDGs;
  • The position of ILO on lifelong learning – Work for a Brighter Future (2019) and UNESCO GRALE IV (2019) to reflect to participation, equity and inclusion; 
  • UNESCO – Future of Education discourse: Embracing the Culture of Lifelong Learning (2020) with attention to development and research/innovation;

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

Students participating this course should have prior experience on the theory and practice of adult learning and education.


        1. Sava, Simona – Novotny, Petr (eds.) Researches in Adult Learning and Education: The European Dimension. 211 p. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2016. Pp. 22-41. ISBN:978-88-6453-424-4

  1. Slowey Maria (ed.) Comparative Adult Education and Learning. Authors and Texts. 184 p. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2017. Pp. 117-159. ISBN:978-88-6453-422-0
  2. Rubenson, Kjell – Elfert, Maren: Examining the „Week Field” of Adult Education. In. Fejes, Andreas – Nylander (eds.) Mapping out the Research Field of Adult Education and Learning. Lifelong Learning Book Series 24./Vol 24. Pp. 15-33. Cham: Springer ISBN 978-3-030-10945-5
  3. Oliver, Esther: Research and Development in Adult Education Study Guides in Adult Education, 2010, Opladen&Farmington Hills: Budrich Publishers ISBN 978-3-86649-304-9
  4. Gaertenschlaeger, Uwe – Hirsch, Ester eds.) Adult Education in an Interconnected World. International Perspectives in Adult Education 71. 2015. Bonn: DVV International ISBN 978-3-942755-23-8
  5. Rubenson, Kjell: Adult Education Research. In: A.C. Tuijnman (ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Adult Education and Training. (1996) Pp.164-172 Oxford:Pergamon ISBN 0-08-042305-1
  6. Olesen, Henning Saling: Lifelong Learning – a Challenge for Adult Education Research. In: de Castro, Rui Vieira – Sancho, Amélia Vitória á Guimaraes, Paula (eds.) Adult Education. New Routes in a New Landscape. (2006) Pp. 57-75.  Braga: University of Minho ISBN 972-9050-26-0
  1. Németh, Balázs: CONFINTEA VI follow-up and the role of university lifelong learning: Some issues for European higher education. In. International Review of Education, Special Issue: Volume 57, Issue 1. Number 1-2, 2011. Pp. 107-125
  2. Németh, Balázs: Lifelong Learning for All Adults? A New Concept for UNESCO - Limits and Opportunities for a Changing Inter-Governmental Organisation In: Marcella Milana, Tom Nesbit (eds.) Global Perspectives on Adult Education and Learning Policy. 288 p. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. 165-178. ISBN:9781137388247
  1. Németh, Balázs: Changes in the Roles and Functions of Adult Learning and Education Policies in Europe in the Last Twenty-five Years In: Sava, Simona – Novotny, Petr (eds.) Researches in Adult Learning and Education: The European Dimension. 211 p. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2016. Pp. 22-41. ISBN:978-88-6453-424-4
  2. Németh, Balázs: Developing active citizenship through adult learning and education. Experiences from an INTALL Winter School Comparative Working Group, in Regina Egetenmeyer, Vanna Boffo, Stefanie Kröner (eds) International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education. Firenze: Firenze University Press Pp. 67-78ISBN 978-88-5518-155-6,
  3. Németh, Balázs (ed.) Learning Cities – an Influential Topic for Adult Education and Learning, Drawing Attention to Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. Andragoska Spoznanja/Studies in Adult Education and Learning Letnik 26. 1/2020 – ISSN 1318-5160


Im Fall von online durchgeführten Prüfungen sind die Standards zu beachten, die die technischen Geräte der Studierenden erfüllen müssen, um an diesen Prüfungen teilnehmen zu können.

Geänderte Prüfungsinformationen (COVID-19 Ausnahmeregelung)

We plan to provide an on-line format for personal feedbacks, namely, all students will be given a chance to discuss the results of the assessed paper of theirs if needed through individual request!


The performance of students will be examined referring to their performance in reasoning ther selected topics related to the course subject.

The exam information included following:
This lecture will be closed with a written exam in the form of an analytical essay to be evaluated by the course leader.



The exam topics are designated to the topics stated in the course handout.


On-line face-to-face discussion on the selected topic discussed in the analytical paper!


Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Erwachsenenbildung und berufliche Bildung (SKZ: 847, Version: 20W.1)
    • Fach: Forschungsfelder und -verfahren und Masterseminar (Pflichtfach)
      • 5.1 Internationale Forschungs- und Entwicklungsfelder in der Erwachsenenbildung und der beruflichen Bildung ( 0.0h KS, SE / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 120.282 International Research and Development in ALE and VET (2.0h KS / 4.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 2., 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Masterstudium Erwachsenen- und Berufsbildung (SKZ: 847, Version: 09W.3)
    • Fach: Pflichtfächer (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Anwendungsorientierte Bildungsforschung und Entwicklung in der Erwachsenen- und Berufsbildung
        • Internationale Forschungs- und Entwicklungsfelder ( 2.0h SE / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 120.282 International Research and Development in ALE and VET (2.0h KS / 4.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3., 4. Semester empfohlen

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