International Society for Comparative Adult Education

ISCAE's own publications:

Working (or planning to work) on any "international" topic in adult/continung education/learning? Then ISCAE's volumes published as outcome of our conferences can be of great help by quoting renown experts and their discussions about aims, contents, methods, obstacles, and prospects of international comparison!

Especially we want to suggest to buy these books for many libraries: In our experience an international topic comes up once in a while to new and old researchers. Then it is vital that the work does not start from zero, but one can refer to basic literature and research. So please consider to order a copy not only for you, but for your institutions library - you will help coming researchers to built on experiences we collected through ISCAE.

Basic publication (2021):

Often in international comparative studies, it is difficult to refer to older basic texts because they are hidden in old publications, difficult to locate. This book makes a selection of such old but 'essential' texts available and wants to document the long history of the international/comparative perspective. 'Standing on the shoulder of giants' allows not only a grounded look back but hopefully also a reliable and experience-based look in the future.

The editor of this book, Jost Reischmann, Prof. em., Bamberg University, Germany, has a long history in international and comparative adult education. He presented papers on conferences around the world, from San Diego (USA) to Soul (Korea). When the International Society for Comparative Adult Education (ISCAE) was founded in 1992, he became the first president and developed this society over many years.

We hope this new book will help old-timers and new-comers to contribute to the enriching world of international comparative adult education.

Table of Contents:

Sample pages:

The book can be ordered through:

  • the following link: https://ziel-verlag.de/grundlagendweiterbildung/essential-readings.php
    If you have difficulties in the order-form with the German text: Here you find help.
  • Amazon.
  • all book-shops.
  • ISBN 978-3-96557-093-1. Price: 29,80 Euro
  • It is also available as eBook:
    (978-3-96557-094-8 (eBook), Price 28,99 Euro)

  • Book 2008

    ISCAE's second volume consists of selected and edited papers presented at the two conferences in St. Louis 2002 and Bamberg 2006::

    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

    forTable of Contents              for ordering the book:

    Adult and Continuing Education has become a field of action, reflection, and research all over the world. To learn from successful models developed worldwide, this book documents and discusses the progress of comparative adult education – aims, contents, methods, obstacles, and prospects.

    Part A examines basic questions of comparative adult education. The contributions offer a deeper understanding and include warnings of obstacles and pitfalls. They help to design research by building up on the theoretical framework developed in prior research.
    Part B presents experiences and "lessons learned", suggesting advice and warnings for successful comparative work.
    The studies in Part C illustrate research methods as well as topics important to researchers in various regions of the world.
    Descriptions of international institutions in Part D may assist to use their assistance and services.

    for a review of the book by Alan Knox

    Buch ISCAE 1998

    ISCAE's first book-publication:


    Reischmann, Jost/ Bron, Michal Jr./ Jelenc, Zoran (eds.) (1999):

    Comparative Adult Education 1998:
    The Contribution of ISCAE to an Emerging Field of Study.

    Ljubljana, Slovenia: Slovenian Institute for Adult Education. 394 pages; ISBN 961-6130-27-7

    This handbook with international experts collects basic discussions on method, technique, concepts, contents, pitfalls, and experiences in international comparison. It presents papers of two international conferences of ISCAE: Bamberg, 1995 and Radovljica, 1998. Collecting the knowledge of this field, usually scattered in the literature of many countries, makes it a helpful resource and tool for all researchers working in the field of international comparative adult education. Further research in comparative adult education will have to refer to the knowledge here presented.

    Order Information: The book originally could be ordered from the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, Ljubljana, Slovenija. It is sold out now. But we made it available for download: Click here to download the pdf-file (980kb).

    World Bibliography on International Comparative Adult Education 1945-1995
    compiled by Jindra Kulich

    This bibliography was compiled by our friend and member Jindra Kulich at the request of ISCAE at its meeting in Bamberg, Germany 1995. It covers publication from all over the world, and saves the researcher hours and hours of work for doing own bibliographic work!
    A   .pdf of this publication will be presented here soon.

    Publications in Comparative Adult Education by ISCAE-members:
    (let us know your comparative publications to include them here)

    • Käpplinger, Bernd: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – Building on Existing Knowledge. In: International Yearbook of Adult Education (2017) 40, pp 29-41. DOWNLOAD
    • Wolhuter, C., & Chigisheva, O. (ed): Special Issue on New Thematic & Methodological Research Focus in the Social Sciences and the Humanities: The BRICS Countries Grouping. Space and Culture, India https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture
    • Wolhuter, C., & Chigisheva, O. (2020). New Thematic and Methodological Research Focus in the Social Sciences and the Humanities: The BRICS Countries Grouping. Space and Culture, India, 7(5), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.20896/saci.v7i5.874 (click there "pdf" for download)
    • Wolhuter, C., & Chigisheva, O. (2020). The BRICS Countries Grouping: Promise of a New Thematic and Methodological Research Focus in the Social Sciences and the Humanities., Space and Culture, India, 7(5), 3-13. https://doi.org/10.20896/saci.v7i5.606 (click there "pdf" for download)
    • Wolhuter, C., & Chigisheva, O. (2020). The Scope of Education in the BRICS Countries as Theme for Comparative and International Education Scholarship . Space and Culture, India, 7(5), 90-102. https://doi.org/10.20896/saci.v7i5.681 (click there "pdf" for download)
    • Egetenmeyer, R. & Miculec, B. (2019). Andragoška spoznanja/Studies in Adult Education and Learning, 25(1). International and Comparative Adult Education. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.4312/as.25.1.3-13
    • Egetenmeyer, R. & Fedeli, M. (Eds.) (2017). Adult Education and Work Contexts: International Perspectives and Challenges. Comparative Perspectives from the 2017 Würzburg Winter School. Frankfurt a. Main: Peter Lang. DOWNLOAD: OPEN ACCESS
    • Egetenmeyer, R. & Schmidt-Lauff , S. & Boffo, V. (Eds.) (2017). Adult Learning and Education in International Contexts. Future Challenges for it Professionalisation. Comparative Perspectives from the 2016 Würzburg Winter School. Frankfurt a. Main: Peter Lang.
    • Egetenmeyer, R. (Ed.) (2016). Adult and Lifelong Learning in Europe and Beyond. Comparative Perspectives from the 2015 Würzburg Winter School. Frankfurt a. Main: Peter Lang. DOWNLOAD: OPEN ACCESS
    • Charters, Alexander N./Hilton, Ronald J. (ed) (1989): Landmarks in International Adult Education. A Comparative Analysis. London and New York: Routledge. (A basic book in Comparative Adult Education: Not only 8 "landmarks"-case-studies from 8 countries, but also a methological landmark introduction and summary)
    • Charters, Alexander N./Siddiqui, Dilnawaz A. (1989): Comparative Adult Education: State of the Art with Annotated Researche Guide. Centre for Continuing Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BA.
    • Charters, Alexander/Cassara, Beverly (1989): Papers on Adult Education from four sessions at World Congress of Comparative Adult Education Organizations (CAEO). Syracuse, N.Y.
    • Charters, Alexander N. (1981): Comparing Adult Education Worldwide. Jossey Bass, San Francisco, CA.
    • Kulich, Jindra (2002): Grundtvig's Educational Ideas in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States in the Twentieth Century. Forlaget Vartov, DK Copenhagen. ISBN 87-8738902-9. Order FAX +45 33 73 00 93, E-mail: vartov@vartov.dk (The basic concept of the folk high schools was developed by Grundtvig. This book traces the proliferation of folk high schools. The historical and political background is outlined, and their remarkable regeneration after years of suppression under communist rule is described. A final chapter offers an analysis of the principle and functions of these schools compared with the original Danish model.)
    • Indabawa, S.A., Oduaran, A., and Afrik, A., and Walters, S. (Eds.) (2000): The state of adult and continuing education in Africa. Windhoek: Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education, University of Namibia. ISBN NO: 99916-53-33-3.
      The book can be ordered from Dr Stanley Mpofu, University of Namibia. E-mail: S.Mpofu smpofu@mail.unam.na.
    • Pongrac, Silvije (ed) (1999): Adult Education in Croatian Society. Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia.
    • Egetenmeier, Regina/Nuissl, Ekkehard (eds.) (2010): Teachers and Trainers in Adult and Lifelong Learning. Asian and European Perspectives (Peter Lang Verlag) Frankfurt, 223 pages, 32,80 Euro, ISBN 978-3-631-61298-9.

      Internet-Sites of ISCAE-members offering publications in Comparative Adult Education: (let us know your URL to include them here)

    • Jost Reischmann: Adult Education in Germany.
    • Katarina Popovic IIZ-DVV: Adult Education in Southeast Europe: Albania, Bosnia&Herzegowina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Yugoslavia.

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