International Society for Comparative Adult Education

2006: Bamberg, Germany, hosted adult education experts in two International Conferences!

These conferences brought together again international researchers, scholars, and professionals and

  • gave the chance to meet international collegues, perhaps old and certainly new friends,
  • offered the exchange between experts, and
  • let experience the 1000-year old Bamberg, UNESCOs world heritage, with its romantic streets, beer-gardens with the unique smoked beer, cathedral and the cityhall in the middle of the river.


  • Prof. Mark Bray, Hong Kong, President of World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Director of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris.
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Bélanger, Montreal, President International Council for Adult Education. Former Director UNESCO Institute for Education Hamburg.
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Charters, Syracuse University, New York, USA.
  • Prof. Dr. Dusan Savicevic, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Prof. Alan Knox PhD, Madison WI, USA, Past President of American Association for Adult and Continuing Education AAACE
  • Publications/papers presented ....

    The results of the ISCAE-conference are published in:
    Reischmann, Jost & Bron, Michal Jr (2008) (Eds.):
    Comparative Adult Education 2008: Experiences and Examples.

    A Publication of the International Society for Comparative Adult Education ISCAE.
    Frankfurt, New York: Peter Lang Publishers.282 pages; ISBN 978-3-631-58235-0

    For more details (table of content etc.):
    Click here.

    The papers of the History-conference
    can be found and downloaded

    Memories ...

    Hall of Fame

    more comments


    Participants of the Conferences

    Appiah-Donyina, Evelyn, UK, University of Sunderland
    Avoseh, Mejai B.M., USA, University of South Dakota, Vermillion SD
    Behrmann, Detlef Germany, Univ. Koblenz/PH Schwäbisch Gmünd
    Bell, Monica,USA, Saint Joseph´s University, Philadelphia PA
    Bender, Walter, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Bezenšek, Jana, Slovenia, University of Maribor
    Boucouvalas, Marcie, USA, Virginia Tech - Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church VA
    Bray, Mark, France, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris
    Bron, Agnieszka, Sweden, Stockholm University
    Bron Jr., Michal, Sweden, Södertörn University College, Uppsala
    Chang, Bo, USA, University of Georgia, Athens GA
    Charters, Alexander, USA, Syracuse University NY
    Charters, Margaret, USA, Syracuse University NY
    Cooper, Brian, Australia, University of Technology, Sydney
    Dechert, Birgit, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Despotovic, Miomir, Serbia, University of Belgrade
    Döring, Andrea, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Ebenhöh, Ursula, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Fields, Sandra, USA, University of Missouri St. Louis MO
    Gatumu, Haniel, Kenya, Kenyatta University, Nairobi
    Grey, Edwards, USA, Ft. Rucker, AL, AAACE President
    Groß, Maritta, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Hake, Barry J., The Netherlands, FSW Leiden University
    Heglmeier, Helga, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Henschke, John, USA, University of Missouri St. Louis MO
    Hieber, Oliver, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Hinzen, Heribert, Germany, IIZ/DVV, Bonn
    Hunanyan, Hasmik, Germany, Universität Jena
    Ioannidou, Alexandra, Germany, Universität Tübingen
    Ionut, Isaac, Romania, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca
    Israeli, Eitan, Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Jarvis, Peter, UK, University of Surrey
    Jütte, Wolfgang, Austria, Donau-Universität Krems
    Kloubert, Tetyana, Germany, Universität Jena
    Knieper, Beatrice, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Knoll, Joachim, Germany, Universität Bochum
    Knox, Alan, USA, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
    Kruse, Nathan, USA, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
    Magnusson, Nicola, Sweden, Stockholm University
    Medic, Sznezana, Serbia, University of Belgrade
    Meilhammer, Elisabeth, Germany, Universität Jena
    Morris, Roger, Australia, University of Technology, Sydney
    Muldoon, Robert, USA, University of Missouri, St. Louis
    Müller-Commichau, Wolfgang, Germany, Universität Frankfurt a. Main

    Nolda, Sigrid, Germany, Universität Dortmund
    Nuissl von Rhein, Ekkehard, Germany, Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenen-bildung (DIE), Bonn
    Pappas, James, USA, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
    Pethö, Laszlo, Hungary, University of Budapest (ELTE)
    Pithers, Robert, Australia, University of Technology, Sydney
    Pöggeler, Franz, Germany, Universität Aachen
    Popovic, Katarina, Serbia, Adult Education Society, IIZ/DVV Belgrade
    Reischmann, Jost, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Saadallah, Samira, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Saito, Mioko, France, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris
    Saliger, Margitta, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Sava, Simona, Romania, Romanian Institute for Adult Education, Timisoara
    Savicevic, Dusan, Serbia, University of Belgrade
    Soeiro, Alfredo, Portugal, University Porto
    Tøsse, Sigvart, Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technologie (NTNU), Trondheim
    Traynor, Garry, Australia, Sydney Community College
    Weidinger, Manfred, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Zemaitaityte, Irena, Lithuania, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius
    Zeuner, Christine, Germany, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
    And the student group from Bamberg, Germany:
    Bayer, Daniela, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Deisler, Claudia, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Di Guida, Daniela, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Hieber, Oliver, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Junker, Daniel, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Kabey, Janina, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Keusch, Simone, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Kiefer, Andrea, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Knoll, Natascha, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Komor, Theresia, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Konle, Julia, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Mörsch, Matthias, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Müller, Daniel, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Negwer, Sabrina, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Papp, Sarah, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Rauscher-Steves, Erna, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Rusche, Nils , Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Schmidt, Jörg, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Schmidt, Nadine, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Schoch, Philipp, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Sobania, Caterina, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Traut, Anna , Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Weimert, Sabine, Germany, Universität Bamberg
    Zakrzewska, Agnieszka, Germany, Universität Bamberg

    Sunday, Sept. 24 to Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006

    International Society for Comparative Adult Education

    The aim of this conference is to collect, share, and discuss the actual knowledge about comparative research in adult education. Comparison means to explicitly identify and analyze similarities and differences in two or more countries and includes the attempt to understand why the differences and similarities occur and what they tell us about adult education in these countries.
    We invite interested colleagues - no matter whether beeing in contact with ISCAE before or not - to participate with papers, which

    • compare one or more topics of adult education/andragogy in two or more countries (= comparative study sui generis).
    • deal with questions about the theory, principles, methods, and other topics related to comparison in the international context of adult education (= critical reflection of comparative methods/principles).
    • reflect and share experiences gained in international research endeavours in which they faced problems, promises, challenges and pitfalls typical for comparative studies (= lessons learned).
    • report developments, new publications, "state of the art" of comparative research in a given country or region or language (= reviewing).
    Wednesday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006

    11th Standing International Conference on the
    History of Adult Education

    On Becoming an Adult Educator
    - historical, contemporary, institutionalised, individual aspects.

    This conference invites all colleagues, experts, researchers and practitioners to exchange their research and knowledge about "Becoming an Adult Educator". This conference-theme includes a wide range of different questions and descriptions:

    • How did important (historic) personalities / individuals "became adult educators"?
    • Volunteers, "Moonlighters", moral leaders, knowledge-experts, (semi-)professionals - historic examples and developments.
    • In which different ways in different times/countries/cultures one became an "Adult Educator"?
    • Are there / had there been different types / categories of adult educators?
    • What are the knowledge / the competencies / the attitudes expected from adult educators in different historic and contemporary movements / institutions / traditions?
    • What are individual growth- and learning processes adult educators go through?
    • What training schemes are available?
    • Certification of adult educators?
    • Is an adult educator a teacher? - Professional roles of adult educators.

    First time in its history meeting in Europe:

    The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame has been created to honor leaders in the fields of continuing education and adult learning and to serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders. Election to the Hall of Fame acknowledges that these men and women have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education. Each has provided a crucial nexus between resources and learners.

    The International Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony in conjunction with the Bamberg-conferences on Wednesday, September 27th.

    "Danke schön!" to all our Sponsors: