Local Experiences and Global Commitments in Citizenship Education and Adult Learning in Communities

Comparative Perspectives on Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia

Authors

  • Heribert Hinzen Professorship for Adult and Continuing Education, Institute of Education, Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9432-6786
  • Carina Klement Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9973-5047
  • Jaka Klun Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5146-6498
  • Balázs Németh Institute for Human Development and Cultural Studies, Faculty for Humanaities, University of Pecs, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6441-9164

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25749/sis.25450

Keywords:

community education, adult education and learning, comparative analysis, active citizenship

Abstract

The article is based on contributions to the Adult Education Academy of the University of Würzburg and partners in 2021. The authors met in the joint work on active citizenship which is a key issue for the UNESCO World conference on adult learning and education. They take a comparative look into examples from their four home countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia. Their experiences are quite diverse with respect to history, governance, structure, programmes, and activities. Even the names and terms used differ: folk high schools, cultural houses, study circles. These have much in common, such as community-based learning opportunities for youth and adults. UN Member States and UNESCO have adopted global commitments towards institutionalised learning arrangements for communities which will be part of the comparative analysis.

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Author Biographies

Heribert Hinzen, Professorship for Adult and Continuing Education, Institute of Education, Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany

Senior consultant on adult education and lifelong learning for sustainable development. He worked for DVV International for almost four decades, both in headquarters and in offices in Sierra Leone, Hungary and Lao PDR. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Pecs, and teaches comparative adult education at the University of Würzburg. He has served as Vice-President of ICAE and EAEA and now of PIMA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning.

Carina Klement, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria

University assistant for Adult and Continuing Education at Karl-Franzens University of Graz, where she is also lecturer and PhD candidate. Her research fields are the spatial discourse in adult and continuing education, community education, learning and education across the lifespan and informal learning.

Jaka Klun, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bachelor of Arts in Pedagogy and Andragogy and Master student of Pedagogy at the Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. Next to the field of adult education his interests also include researching the position of ex-Yugoslavia national minorities in Slovene education system, education and sustainable development, didactic perspectives of formative assessment in schools, and research of tertiary education level.

Balázs Németh, Institute for Human Development and Cultural Studies, Faculty for Humanaities, University of Pecs, Hungary

Researcher on European adult and lifelong learning policy development and comparative adult education. He is an associate professor and reader in Adult Learning and Education at the University of Pécs and a founding member of the Hungarian Universities Lifelong Learning Network (MELLearN). He is the president of eucen and Board member of EAEA and PIMA. He is member of ASEM LLL HUB and its Research Network on Learning Cities.

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2022-06-30