International perspectives on comparative analysis

policy and practices in adult education


  • Paula Guimarães UIDEF, Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Regina Egetenmeyer Institute for Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Natália Alves UIDEF, Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal



policies of adult education, practices of adult education, comparative analysis in education


This thematic issue of Sisyphus aims at contributing to understanding diversity, fragmentation and complexity of comparison in adult education research, focussing on policy and practices developed in different parts of the world. The articles to be include in this issue are the outcome of the vivid discussion held in the INTALL Adult Education Academy 2021, promoted by the University of Würzburg, when the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on every ones’ lives, in special in those attending this educational initiative. Joined by more than 60 students and 20 teaching staff from higher education institutions of 5 continents, the INTALL Adult Education Academy is a significant event to reflect critically about adult education comparison when a health situation constrained and still constrains mobility and face-to-face teaching.


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