International Society for Comparative Adult Education


Following the statutes of ISCAE the Society is administered by a President, a Vice-President, and a Board of no more than five members. Together they are responsible for overall policy and direction of the Society.

John Holford
 University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Robert Peers Chair (Professor) of Adult Education
John is a political sociologist and historian whose career has been in adult education in Britain and Hong Kong. His comparative research has mainly focussed on South East Asia and Europe. His chief current interests are in lifelong learning policy processes in the EU, and the history of university adult education in Britain and its empire. He has also worked on adult participation in education, labour and trade union education, and the internationalisation of higher education. He also uses historical perspective to throw light on present practices, for instance comparing British colonial and EU approaches to citizenship education, and investigating how neoliberal interpretations of 'sustainability' suppress historical understanding in our field. Currently, he is leading an EU Horizon 2020 project (ENLIVEN: https://h2020enliven.org/), and has participated in several other international projects. He is an editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education (http://www.tandfonline.com/tled), and joint co-ordinator of the ESREA network on Policy Studies in Adult Education.
Marcella Milana
University of Verona (Italy), Associate Professor in Education
I have been working for ten years in Denmark, but lived for medium to long periods and did research also in the United States, Brazil and Argentina, before I moved back to Italy, my home country.
My primary research interest deals with adult education and lifelong learning policies from national, cross-national, international and global perspectives. I have been always concerned with critical investigations of adult education policy. At the outset of my academic career, I researched how policy frames, supports or hampers adult education opportunities as well as the professionalization of those doing or willing to do ‘education work’ with adults, by questioning the shifts in political discourses and conceptual interpretations that have moved attention away from adult education in favour of lifelong learning and the implications for citizenship formation. This activity has further spurred my interest towards the changing nature of adult education and learning under the influences of globalisation processes, and the intensification in global governance. Hence in recent years I have been for the most devoted to researching the processes through which policy is made, the agencies involved, and the methodological challenges for their empirical investigation.
I have served in the board of ISCAE since 2009, and believe that ISCAE is an important forum for comparative adult education researchers. In addition to this, I serve in the Steering Committee of the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA) since 2014, and in the Board of the Nordic Comparative and International Education Society (NOCIES) as Immediate Past President since March 2017.
Board Members
Regina Egetenmeyer
  University Professor for Adult and Continuing Education at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany. Research emphases: International and Comparative Adult Education, Informal Learning, Professionalisation of Adult and Lifelong Learning. Comparative Research Projects: Egetenmeyer (2008) 'Informal learning in corporate learning cultures. An intercultural comparative study' & Egetenmeyer/Nuissl (2010) 'Teachers and Trainers in Adult and Lifelong Learning. Asian and European Perspectives.' Member of the ASEM-Hub for Lifelong Learning, Network 3: Professionalisation of Teachers in Adult Education. More info at www.adult-education.info
Member of ISCAE. I attended ISCAE-conferences in 2006 in Bamberg and in 2012 in Las Vegas.
 Monica Fedeli
  Ph.D in Pedagogical, Educational and Instructional Sciences, currently Associate Professor at University of Padova, Italy of Adult Teaching and Learning Methods and Organizational Development. She has been adjunct professor at Michigan State University, U.S.A., at Julius Maximilians University, Wurzburg, Germany, and visiting research and professor at California University Berkeley School of Education and at Boston University.
Her current research interests include: learner-centered and participatory teaching and learning methods in higher education, and in non formal contexts, critical reflection, faculty development in Italy and in international settings. Related publications found in national and international journals and in a variety of book chapters and books. She is involved in different international networks in Europe and in U.S.A and in work and research groups on Adult Education and on Fostering Transformative Teaching and Learning Methods. She has been starting to serve ISCAE as a board member since 2012.
Jost Reischmann
Chair of Andragogy em. Bamberg University Germany. Research interests: Foundations of Adult Education, Didactics, Evaluation, International Comparison. Inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (1999). "President's Award for Exceptional and Innovative Leaderships in Adult and Continuing Education" of the American Association of Adult Education. More info: www.jost.reischmannfam.de
Founding Member of ISCAE, President 1992-2008, Vice-President 2008-2017. Co-organizer of the six ISCAE-conferences, host in 1995 and 2006, co-author of the two ISCAE-books. Webmaster of ISCAE.
  Amy Rose
Amy D. Rose is a professor emeritus of adult education at Northern Illinois University where she taught for over twenty-five years. She has written and presented on issues related to history and policy analyses in the areas of literacy, women, and adults in higher education. In her research, she focuses primarily on historical and qualitative methodologies although recently she has been part of a team analyzing PIAAC data. This work has focused on both the US alone and in comparison with other countries. She is also working on a comparative study of the differences in the education of immigrants in the US and Germany. In addition to articles and proceedings, she was a co-editor of the Handbook of Adult Continuing Education: 2010 Edition. More recently, she is a co-author of Professional Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education (2017). She served as a co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2010-2013. In addition, she served on the Board of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education for ten years as well as serving a term as president. She has also served on the Board of the ALAE SIG of AERA as Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large. Finally, she served on the Steering Committee of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). She was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2013.
 Thomas Sork
Tom is a professor in the Adult Learning and Education group, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. He recently completed an 8-year term as Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and was responsible for international activities, professional development and community engagement, and for the fully online Master of Educational Technology (MET) program — the largest graduate program in the Faculty.
His academic work focuses on program planning, professional ethics, and international collaboration, comparative education and professionalization. In 2005 he received an honorary doctorate from Linköping University (Sweden) for his contributions to developing an award-winning online master's program between four universities spanning four continents—The Intercontinental Master's in Adult Learning and Global Change.
He was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 2012 was designated 'Distinguished Professor' by the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in New Delhi, India.