Conference theme: What does quality mean, and how can it be assessed in the context of educating the adult educator and trainer in Europe today? This is the main theme of the inaugural network meeting. Quality is considered as a prerequisite for sustainable development in our societies, because it upholds and conveys the ideals of a sustainable world, by taking into consideration the social, economic and environmental context. In the European context quality in adult and continuing education and training may be defined as locally relevant but also culturally appropriate. It would be impossible however to discuss quality in adult and continuing education and training in Europe without considering the quality of the teaching and training staff involved, considering that the scope of adult and continuing education as it is prescribed in Europe today is to provide education for people to be better individuals, family members, community members, employees and citizens. Quality in this respect should include outcomes -occasionally measurable- that encompass knowledge, skills and attitudes that are linked to the adult educator’s profile, tasks, roles and practices. Definitions of quality nonetheless must be open to change and evolution, based on information, changing contexts, and new understandings of the nature of the challenges faced by the adult educator. Research on the quality of the education and training provided for adult educators and trainers in Europe, as well as policy research and assessment of quality of professional practices in our field -ranging from national, multinational or comparative to action research at the field level- may contribute to this redefinition.
of the conference: The network’s
inaugural meeting is planned to be a forum for exchanging theoretical
considerations and empirical evidence, between researchers studying the
different roles and tasks of the adult educator and trainer and the ways that
these are assessed, as well as issues relating to the quality of their training
(initial and continuing) and their professional development. The meeting aims
to bring together participants from different disciplines and countries who are
interested in these topics. The conference is also open to practitioners who
are working in adult training organizations or educational structures that
provide for adults including universities. Thus, the conference will bring
insights from different parts of the academia together with insights from the
field. The conference itself will therefore be a site of cross-disciplinary
Questions to be addressed:
Proposals are invited for paper and poster presentations. Abstracts should be sent as an attached file [either in *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf format]. All abstracts should be typed in one sided A4, and must not exceed 500 words [single spaced]. They must include a title and 6 keywords, but not the author/s name/s, affiliation or institution/s. These should be stated in the email accompanying the abstract together with full name, institutional affiliation, phone number/s and postal details. The conference language is English. All abstracts for paper presentations must be submitted by Sunday 31st May 2009 to George K. Zarifis ([email protected]) and Eugenia Panitsidou ([email protected]). All paper proposals will be blind reviewed by the scientific committee. Acceptance will be confirmed by June 15th 2009. Final versions of papers (no more than 5000 words including references) must be submitted by September 20th 2009. Details on template will be announced soon. Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in time length. There will be at least 10 minutes time for debating each paper.
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