International Society for Comparative Adult Education

6th ISCAE Conference:
"Comparative Adult Education 2017" (Würzburg/Germany, February 15.-18.)


Foto: Universität Würzburg

Wednesday,15th February 2017

Location: Hotel Franziskaner, Franziskanerplatz 2
Meeting and greeting, chance for dinner
Welcome meeting of ISCAE, conference opening by Prof. Michal Bron Jr, President of ISCAE
Keynote-presentation "Cooperation and Comparison"
by Prof. Dr. Heribert Hinzen, former director of DVV-International, Member of the
International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame
Moderator: Prof. Jost Reischmann

Thursday,16th February 2017

for accepted papers click left mouse-icon, "Accepted Papers"
Location: Kolping-Mainfranken GmbH, Kolpingplatz 1, 97070 Würzburg
Keynote-presentation "Research in international comparative adult education. Reflections on historical developments and future trends"
by Prof. Dr. Michael Schemmann, University of Cologne
9.45-10.30Moderator: Michal Bron Jr
Dr. Lore Arthur: Betwixt and between: insider-outsider research and its implications for International Comparative Education
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-11.45Dr. Elisabeth Reichart, German Institute for Adult Education: Participation in adult learning in Kyrgyzstan: exploring and uncharted territory with familiar methods
short break
ISCAE Business meeting
Lunch (on your own)
14.30-15.30Guided Citytour in Würzburg (optional)
Starts at Vierröhrenbrunnen across Rathaus (Cityhall). Ends at Busstop "Theater" with direct access to bus 14, 114 oder 214 to Hubland (Conference venue).
Location for the following events: Conference venue:
Zentrales Hörsaal- und Seminargebäude (Z6), Room 02.010, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
Arrival and Registration (with beverages and pretzels)
Opening and Welcome Addresses (together with Winter-School and COMPALL)
     Prof. Phuoc Tran-Gia, Vice President for International Affairs, University of Würzburg
     Prof. Michal Bron Jr, President International Society for Comparative Adult Education
     Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer, University of Würzburg
17.30-18.30Current issues and challenges in Comparative Adult Education
Keynote by Prof. John Holford, University of Nottingham
     Discussant: Prof. Silke Schreiber-Barsch, University of Hamburg
     Moderator: Prof. Monica Fedeli, University of Padua
18.40Bus Transfer to Nicolaushof Würzburg
19.00Dinner at Nicolaushof
20.15Doing comparative adult education: own experiences
Kamingespräch (Informal Fire-Side Chat) at Nikolaushof
with comments from "Learning from the Past":
      Prof. Ekkehard Nuissl, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
      Prof. Henning Salling Olesen, University of Roskilde
      Prof. Jost Reischmann, Bamberg University
      Moderator: Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer
afterwards easy walk back to the city or possibility for ordering taxis (on own expenses)

Friday, 17th February 2017

09.00-10.30Teaching Comparative Adult Education in Higher Education
COMPALL-project experiences and World Café - Discussion
Presentation and moderation:
Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer, University of Würzburg, Prof. Paula Guimarães, University of Lisboa

Discussion tables (World-Café):

  • Comparative research questions: What are criteria for comparative research questions? (Dr. Gaia Gioli, University of Florence)
  • Comparative contexts: Which context should be focused for comparative research in adult education? (Prof. Vanna Boffo, University of Florence)
  • Comparative studies of settings: Which categories are relevant for studies of settings influencing adult learners? (Prof. Soeren Ehlers, Aarhus University)
  • Research field: Which research issues in adult education are transnational comparable? Which not? (Dr. Daniela Frison, University of Padua)
  • Interpretation references: What are reference contexts for the interpretation of similarities and differences in comparative research in adult education? (Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg)
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-12.30Comparative perspectives on adult and continuing education
Open space presentation and discussion with participants of the
Winter School 2017 “Comparative studies in adult and lifelong learning”

Comparative groups:

  • Time in adult learning and education (Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Helmut-Schmidt-University Germany)
  • Innovative teaching methods for adult and lifelong learning (Dr. Bolanle Simeon-Fayomi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  • Employability and transitions from higher education to labour market (Prof. Vanna Boffo, University of Florence, Italy)
  • Professional identity in adult education (Prof. Ingeborg Schüssler & Dr. Kira Nierobisch, University of Education Ludwigsburg, Germany)
  • Comparing the impact of cultural institutions and organizations (Prof. Balasz Németh, University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • OECD policies, PIACC and national adult education policies (Prof. Paula Guimarães, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • National qualification frameworks (Prof. Soeren Ehlers and Prof. Katja Brøgger, Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Soft skills as a tool for long-term employability (Dr. Gaia Gioli, University of Florence, Italy)
  • National and international assessments of adult literacy skills (Prof. Marcella Milana, University of Verona, Italy)
  • Lifelong learning and national/regional CVET policies (Prof. Natália Alves, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Work-related teaching and learning methods (Prof. Monica Fedeli, Dr. Daniela Frison, University of Padua, Italy)
  • Educational management (Prof. Hans-Joachim Petsch, University of Würzburg, Germany)
12.30-13.00Summary: How to teach comparative adult education?
Plenary discussion – based on feedback-methodology
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Balázs Németh, University of Pécs
13.00-14.00Light Lunch

 Sessions 3 - Moderator:
Prof. Ekkehard Nuissl
Sessions 4 - Moderator:
Prof. Monica Fedeli
Sessions 5 - Moderator:
Dr. Daniela Frison
14.00-14.40Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Helmut-Schmidt-University & Ge Wei, Peking University: Beyond the temporal-disciplinary of modernity: a comparative study on time in adult learning between Germany and ChinaProf. Henning Salling Olesen, University of Roskilde:
Global policy Agenda and Local societal dynamics. Adult Education and Modernization
Prof. Vanna Boffo, Dr. Gaia Gioli & Carlo Terrzaroli, University of Florence:
The development of students' employability in higher education: a comparative perspective on universities' approaches at European level
14.45-15.30Prof. Heribert Hinzen, DVV International: Comparing global documents and commitments on adult education and lifelong learning: communalities, similarities and differences Dr. Erika Gericke, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg: Institutional conditions of vocational learning and its effects on the professionalization process – results from a comparative study of English and German car mechatronics Prof. Francesca Sgobbi, University of Brescia:
The determinants of employer sponsored continuing education and training in EU countries

15.30-16.00 Coffee-Break
16.00-17.00Global research on public adult education: methodological challenges
Keynote by Prof. Marcella Milana, University of Verona
Discussant: Prof. Thomas J. Sork, The University of British Columbia
Moderator: Prof. Steffi Robak, University of Hannover

 Sessions 6 - Moderator:
Prof. Marcella Milana
Sessions 7 - Moderator:
Prof. Henning Olesen
Sessions 8 - Moderator:
Prof. Vanna Boffo & Dr. Gaia Gioli
17.00-17.40Prof. Silke Schreiber-Barsch, University of Hamburg & Christian Bernhard, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training:
Tertium comparationis under scrutiny: spatial entities as starting point and product of comparative research
Prof. Steffi Robak, University of Hannover, Dr. Marion Fleige, German Institute for Adult Education & Prof. Amy Rose, Northern Illinois University: Comparative programme and institutional analysis. Conceptual and methodological considerations in the field of cultural and intercultural education for adults Shalini Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi:
Transnational Comparative Studies as Sources for Research
17.45-18.20Dr. Alexandra Ioannidou & Prof. Josef Schrader, German Institute for Adult Education:
Disciplinary traditions and interdisciplinary developing paths: exploring the potential of interdisciplinary approaches to stimulate international comparative adult education research
Prof. Balázs Németh, University of Pécs:
Learning cities and regions as unit/subject of comparison for adult education research work
Carolin Knauber, German Institute for Adult Education:
An international comparison of adult basic education policies reflections on the method “expert interview” with policy actors

19.30Franconia Evening at Bürgerspital Würzburg

Saturday, 18th February 2017

09.00-10.00 Policy making in adult education. About the role and problematic of comparative approaches
Keynote by Prof. Ekkehard Nuissl, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern
Discussant: Prof. Dr. Henning Salling Olesen, University of Roskilde
Moderator: Prof. Maria Graviani, Open University of Cyprus
10.00-10.30Coffee Break

Sessions 9 - Moderator:
Dr. Alexandra Joannidou
Sessions 10 - Moderator:
Dr. Marion Fleige
10.30-11.10Prof. Soeren Ehlers, Aarhus University: The rise of a learning regime in Europe. Transnational policy-terms mapped and discussed. Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer, Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg:
Comparative research issues in adult education. Development needs of “the cube” for adult education
11.15-11.55Prof. Michael Schemmann & Lisa Breyer, University of Cologne: Comparing adult education policies on a global level. A corpus based discourse analysis Robert Jjuuku, University of Groningen:
Review of adult literacy financing mechanism in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda
12.00-12.45Dr. Boruk Mikulec, University of Ljubljana: Exploring the shift towards the outcome dimension of European adult education policy: establishing national qualifications frameworks and learning outcomes based qualifications in Denmark and Slovenia Dr. Anne Margarian, Thünen Institut:
Adaptability and information processing capacity of further professional education systems: A comparative analysis of French and German coordination mechanism

12.45-13.45Light Lunch
13.45-15.15 Comparative research between disciplinary configuration and policy guidance
Poster-presentations of ongoing comparative research projects

  • Prof. John Holford, University of Nottingham; Prof. Marcella Milana, University of Verona
    ENLIVEN, Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe:
  • Dr. Beate Schmidt-Behlau, DVV International :
    EduMAP, Adult Education as a Means to Active Participatory Citizenship
  • Prof. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; Prof. Natália Alves, University of Lisbon, Portugal:
    YOUNG_ADULLLT, Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe
  • Ji Hyun, Kim; Do Hye, Yoon; Prof. Byung Jun, Yi:
    The Education and Training for the Old Adults & Aged: A Comparative Study on the 50+ Project of South Korea and Germany
  • Prof. Maria Graviani, Open University of Cyprus:
    Evaluating learner centred education (LCE) as a tool for social change in adult education (AE) programmes for migrants: a European comparative study

15.45-16.30Lessons learned
Round Table and Plenary Discussion
Moderator: Marcella Milana, University of Verona
Jost Reischmann, Bamberg University
Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Helmut-Schmidt-University of Hamburg
Balázs Németh, University of Pécs
Shalini Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi
17.15Dinner at Restaurant Hubland
(Greek restaurant near converence venue)
on own expenses