International Society for Comparative Adult Education

ISCAE Board Election 2017

The new ISCAE Board consists of the following colleagues:

President: John Holford
Vice President: Marcella Milana
     Regina Egetenmeyer-Neher
     Monica Fedeli
     Jost Reischmann
     Amy Rose
     Thomas Sork

Congratulations to newly elected ISCAE officers.
Michal Bron Jr
ISCAE, past-President

for memories of ISCAE's 6th Conference in Würzburg, Germany, February 15 - 18, 2017 (or click "Conferences" and scroll down to 2017)


The founder of our society, Alexander N. Charters, celebrated his 100th birthday August 22, 2016.
We wish you the very best, dear Alex. And THANK YOU for all your initiative and support.
Without you ISCAE would not exist!
The photo was taken at our 2012-conference in Las Vegas.

Mission of ISCAE:

The general purpose of ISCAE is to increase the awareness and value of comparative adult education.
In particular the Society wants to encourage the growth of comparative adult education studies by:

  • promoting research in this area;
  • supplying a network of contacts to other comparatists;
  • documenting and sharing the developments and standards in publications;
  • facilitating the publication and distribution of comparative adult education studies;
  • organizing conferences and meetings for members and others interested in this area;
  • fostering thematic networks;
  • co-operating with other societies with similar aims.
  • ISCAE focusses its access to "international comparison" to two specific types of comparison (more):

    1.   "A study in comparative international adult education ... must include one or more aspects of adult education in two or more countries or regions. Comparative study is not the mere placing side by side of data ... such juxtaposition is only the prerequisite for comparison. At the next stage one attempts to identify the similarities and differences between the aspects under study ... The real value of comparative study emerges only from ... the attempt to understand why the differences and similarities occur and what their significance is for adult education in the countries under examination ..." (Charters/Hilton 1989, p. 3).
    2.   In addition field- and method-reflections are seen as part of international comparative adult education: reflections about the methods, strategies, and concepts of international comparison, and summarizing reports about developments in the international comparative field on a material or meta level.

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