The Winter School ”International & comparative studies in adult education & lifelong learning“ is divided into a two-week programme. The Winter School is part of a blended-learning activity with a preparatory and a subsequent online phase. During the first week, there will be two separate study pathways: one for master’s students and one for doctoral students.
Master students focus on questions of international policies in adult education and lifelong learning. They will be educated to work with a policy analysis perspective. The analysis will focus on specialised competences for developing new knowledge and innovation by integrating different perspectives.
Doctoral students will focus on theories in adult education and lifelong learning. They will develop a theoretical-analytical perspective. Doctoral students will focus on much more specialised theoretical knowledge to be able to synthesize different perspectives systematically and theoretically.
With both perspectives, participants will gain insights into the field of practice in adult education (field visits at adult education centres in and around Würzburg, presentations by associations/international organisations in adult education). The insights will serve as case studies for practicing the analytical models.
During the second week, Master and doctoral students and practitioners will work together in comparative groups on selected topics in adult education and lifelong learning. The groups will come with a policy-perspective (MA students) and a theory-perspective (PhD students) in small groups of 6-10 participants. The first day starts with perspectives on employability in adult education and lifelong learning. This will place the university-practice perspective at the centre of the second week. For the comparative analysis, all learners will provide a transnational essay, which will serve as the basis for the international comparison. For the comparison, a detailed didactical methodology is available that works well for heterogeneous learner groups. On the last Winter School day, the results of the comparisons will be presented to all other groups. The subsequent online phase includes the publication of the comparative results.