Second meeting - Tallinn 9-11 November 2011


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The decision was taken after long deliberation among both networks' representatives. Although our initial decision was for our second network meeting to be held in Vienna, that was not made possible, and besides the fact that Vienna still remains a good option for organising a network meeting in the future, it was Larissa J?gi's proposal that made it possible to finally make this decision.

 

Tallinn the beautiful capital of the Baltic state of Estonia, will be the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2011 (with the not so far away Turku in Finland, which shares the same privilege this year). As such Tallinn makes the perfect place for our network members to meet with the members of the VET & CULTURE NETWORK, exchange research experiences and discuss issues of common interest.   

The VET & CULTURE NETWORK has a much longer history than ReNAdET.  It is the research network on vocational education & training, culture and history that operates as an international, voluntary association of senior and junior researchers and students, who wish to practice cross-cultural, independent and critical research, debate and academic teaching about relations between education, work and politics. As such VET & CULTURE NETWORK aims to build and foster a cross-cultural research network; to build capacity and cross-cultural expertise for a new generation of research experts; to promote cross-cultural expertise in lifelong learning and work; create cooperative networks in universities that cross boundaries and enhance collaborative learning through the exploration of cultural diversity; to develop research led programmes which can include many different types of research that connect to the interests of learners, and of course to organise meetings, workshops and conferences. The 3rd TQF  seminar of the VET & CULTURE NETWORK took place in Tampere (3-4 December 2010). Details on the network's activities and publications can be found at the following website: http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture

The theme of this joint meeting reflects the scope of both networks. This year?s meeting focuses on the future or the futures of adult educators in respect to issues of developing their identities and professional status, issues of networking and/or unionizing and collaborating among different ?types? of adult educators and related staff in adult education in general, and issues of power and authority in the adult-educator interaction.

A limited number of papers were presented relevant to the following sub-themes:  

  • Perceptions of adult educators: by adults-students, policy makers and in public.
  • Theoretical, political and practical discourses on adult educators: the future of adult education as an academic field.
  • Context and environment of adult education and different ?types? of adult educators.
  • Ownership of the adult educators? profession and professional borders: is there a professional future for adult educators?
  • Learning, becoming, being and growing as professional adult educator, including issues of ageing and gender.

The meeting opened (9th November 2011) at the Tallinn University (http://www.tlu.ee) and the 10th & 11th November 2011 it took place in the center of the old town at the Tallinn Teachers House (http://www.opetajatemaja.ee).

The conference programme was as follows:

DAY 1
November 9th, Tallinn University, Mare-Building, III floor
(Address: Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn)
15:00 - 16:00 Registration
16:00 - 17:30 Welcome! - Introductory talk - Photo shoot
Rain Mikser - Director of Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University
Georgios Zarifis and Anja Heikkinen - network convenors
On behalf of organisers: Larissa Jõgi and Marin Gross - Department of Adult Education, Tallinn Univerity
Walking to KUMU
18:00 - 21:00 Playback theatre - Welcome reception
KUMU museum (Address: Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, Tallinn)

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DAY 2
November 10th, Tallinn Teachers’ House
(Address: Raekoja plats 14, Tallinn)
9:30 - 10:00 Time for questioning - Georgios Zarifis, University of Thessaloniki
10:00 - 11:30 Flow session - Learning cafe

Agency cafe
- Susanne Lattke - A CROSS-CULTURAL CORE CURRICULUM FOR ADULT EDUCATOR TRAINING
Identity cafe
- Gerd Stølen - MENTORING AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING
Ethos cafe
- Sini Teräsahde - CHALLENGES OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN RESEARCH, PRACTICE AND POLICY IN FINNISH ADULT EDUCATION

11:30 - 12:00 Coffe / tea break

12:00 - 13:30 Flow session - Learning cafe
Agency cafe
- Simona Sava - THE IMPACT OF THE VALIDATION PROCESS ON THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF ADULT EDUCATORS
Identity cafe
- Georgios K. Zarifis, Maria Gravani - THE IDENTITY OF ADULT EDUCATORS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY AS PERCEIVED BY THEMSELVES AND THEIR STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY
Ethos cafe
- Helena Koskinen - REFLECTIVE LEARNING IN BLENDED PROCESS – BECOMING AN ADULT EDUCATOR
Futures cafe
- Markus Weil - ADULT EDUCATORS – A USELESS SPECIES IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEMS

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 Flow session - Learning cafe
Agency cafe
- Karin Filander - ADULT EDUCATORS AS THE EVANGELISTS OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT – A STEP TO THE COMMON ETHOS OF ADULT EDUCATION GENERATIONS?
Identity cafe
- James Bradley - THE USE OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE ADULT EDUCATION FIELD AS A GATEWAY TO PROFESSIONAL LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS IN ADULT EDUCATION
Ethos cafe
- Ian Jasper - ISSUES OF NEO-LIBERALISM AND RESILIENCE IN THE LIVES OF CRAFT TEACHERS OF ADULTS
Futures cafe - Christine Buschle - COOPERATIONS AS A KEY ELEMENT OF SUSTAINABLE ADULT EDUCATION

16:00 - 16:30 Coffe / tea break

16:30 - 17:30 Time for reflections

19:00 Conference dinner at Alter Ego (www.alterego.ee) (Address: Roseni 7, Rotermanni kvartal, Tallinn)

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DAY 3
November 11th, Tallinn Teachers’ House

Address: Raekoja plats 14, Tallinn
9:30 - 10:00 Time for questioning - Anja Heikkinen, Tampere University
10:00 - 11:30 Flow session - Learning cafe

Agency cafe
- Eva Farkas - THE STATUS AND TRAINING NEEDS OF ADULT EDUCATORS IN HUNGARY
Identity cafe
- Naoko Suzuki - CHANGING DEMANDS OF SOCIETY AND THE PROPRIETY OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR ADULT EDUCATORS IN JAPAN: LIMITATIONS ON ITS PRESENT CURRICULUM AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
Ethos cafe
- Joanna Pitura - ADULT EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT AND BURNOUT: SELF-MANAGEMENT OF GENERIC COMPETENCIES IN PROBLEM PREVENTION
Futures cafe
- Alexandra Foukidou - THE EDUCATOR OF ADULT IMMIGRANTS AS AN INTERCULTURAL CONSULTANT

11:30 - 12:00 Coffe / tea break

12:00 - 13:30 Open Space - Futures of Adult Educators (In Open Space meetings, events and organizations, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance, such as: What is the strategy, group, organization or community that all stakeholders can support and work together to create?)

13. 30 - 14. 30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:30 Time for reflections and perspectives

15:30 - 16:00 Coffe / tea break

16:00 - 16:45 Time for relaxation
16:45 - 17:00 Time for concluding


You can download the final programme of the meeting here