4th International Winter School

Comparative Studies
in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

6th-17th February 2017 in Würzburg, Germany


The international Winter School ‘Comparative Studies on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning’ is dedicated to analysing and comparing international and European strategies in lifelong learning. Based on social policy models, lifelong learning strategies in Europe, including selected European countries, will be subjected to a critical analysis. Furthermore, subtopics of lifelong learning have been chosen (e.g. participation in adult education in Europe, training the adult learning trainers, quality in adult education) for an indepth comparison and analysis of the situation in various European countries.

During the first part of the Winter School, theories and approaches will be used for analysing European and international lifelong learning strategies. The programme features direct interactions with key European stakeholders in lifelong learning. Furthermore, local providers in adult and continuing education in Würzburg will be visited. The interaction will lead to a critical analysis and to a comparison of lifelong learning strategies, as well as to a theory-practice reflection on international policies in lifelong learning.

During the second part, the Winter School focuses on the comparison of selected subtopics of lifelong learning in selected countries: How does the training of trainers vary in different countries? How does participation in adult education differ in various European countries? How do quality systems vary in different countries? Which differences and similarities do we find in the policies towards lifelong learning in different countries? What conclusions can be drawn out of these differences and similarities? Comparisons within the Winter School focus questions of adult education and lifelong learning.  Questions within adult education refer to learning processes of adults and the integration of them into diverse (educational) contexts. In international contexts – especially within international organisations – one can find the term lifelong learning which is frequently associated with adult learning. The Winter School is looking on questions and discourses of lifelong learning from the perspective of adult education.

The Winter School is geared towards master and doctoral students from Europe and beyond. Mainly focused are students who are enrolled in study programmes close to adult education and lifelong learning. We welcome an interdisciplinary approach towards these topics.


Financial Support

This project is funded with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (project number 57248567) and by the Federal Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the Programme "A New Passage to , theropean Commission within the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships (project number: 2015-1-DE01-KA203-002203)* and the Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg within the Human Dynamics Center (HDC) of the faculty of human sciences and the Programme "Globale Systeme und Interkulturelle Kompetenz" (GSIK). *This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Dieses Projekt wird durch den Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes (Projekt 57248567), durch den Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) im Rahmen des Programms "A new passage to India", die Europäische Kommission im Rahmen von ERASMUS+ Strategische Partnerschaften (Projekt 2015-1-DE01-KA203-002203)* und die Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg durch das Human Dynamics Center (HDC) der Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften sowie durch das Projekte "Globale Systeme und Interkulturelle Kompetenz" (GSIK) gefördert. *Die Verantwortung für den Inhalt dieser Veröffentlichung liegt allein bei den AutorInnen, die Kommission kann für die Information nicht verantwortlich gemacht werden.