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4th International Winter School - Comparative Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning, 6-17 February 2017, Würzburg, Germany

Publish Date: Jul 22, 2016

Deadline: Oct 31, 2016

Event Dates: from Feb 06, 2017 12:00 to Feb 17, 2017 12:00

Comparative Studies in Adult and Lifelong Learning (COMPALL)

About the program

The Strategic Partnership COMPALL is developing a joint module in „Comparative Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning“, which will be offered in study programmes related to adult education and lifelong learning.
The joint module includes a prepatory phase, a two-week intensive phase at Campus Würzburg, Germany and a publication possibility for doctoral students and colleagues. Furthermore, COMPALL is developing an online network for young graduates and researchers in adult and lifelong learning.

The COMPALL joint module starts each year with registration by the end of October. This is followed by on-campus preparation (by partner universities) or online-preparation (students outside the partner universities). Each participant submits a country report on a selected aspect of adult and lifelong learning by mid January.
In February, all participants meet for a two-week intensive programme at the Würzburg Winter School. During the Winter School, international policies in adult and lifelong learning are discussed, field visits to adult and continuing education providers are arranged, and comparisons made between selected issues in the field of adult and lifelong learning.

About the winter school

The international Winter School ‘Comparative Studies on Adult Education and Lifelong learning’ is dedicated to analysing and comparing international and European strategies in lifelong learning. Based on social policy models, lifelong learning strategies in Europe, including selected European countries, will be subjected to a critical analysis. Furthermore, subtopics of lifelong learning have been chosen (e.g. participation in adult education in Europe, training the adult learning trainers, quality in adult education) for an indepth comparison and analysis of the situation in various European countries.

During the first part of the Winter School, theories and approaches will be used for analysing European and international lifelong learning strategies. The programme features direct interactions with key European stakeholders in lifelong learning. Furthermore, local providers in adult and continuing education in Würzburg will be visited. The interaction will lead to a critical analysis and to a comparison of lifelong learning strategies, as well as to a theory-practice reflection on international policies in lifelong learning.
During the second part, the Winter School focuses on the comparison of selected subtopics of lifelong learning in selected countries: How does the training of trainers vary in different countries? How does participation in adult education differ in various European countries? How do quality systems vary in different countries? Which differences and similarities do we find in the policies towards lifelong learning in different countries? What conclusions can be drawn out of these differences and similarities?

Comparisons within the Winter School focus questions of adult education and lifelong learning. Questions within adult education refer to learning processes of adults and the integration of them into diverse (educational) contexts. In international contexts – especially within international organisations – one can find the term lifelong learning which is frequently associated with adult learning. The Winter School is looking on questions and discourses of lifelong learning from the perspective of adult education.
The Winter School is geared towards master and doctoral students from Europe and beyond. Mainly focused are students who are enrolled in study programmes close to adult education and lifelong learning. We welcome an interdisciplinary approach towards these topics.


Preparatory Phase

For preparation you are asked to:

(A) do some reading and
(B) write a short transnational essay(5-6 pages) on the topic of your Comparative Group Work.
Please register at the WueCampus (Moodle Platform) of the University of Würzburg.

Moodle Platform

For registration in the Moodle platform please follow the "Further official information" link below and click to "Programme".

(A) Preparatory Reading

The reading texts for your preparation are provided at the moodle platform.
Lima, L. & Guimaraes, P. (2011): European Strategies in Lifelong Learning. A Critical Introduction. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich.
Griffin, C. (2009): Policy and Lifelong Learnnig. In. Jarvis, P. (ed.): The Routledge International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Routledge: Abingdon, pp. 261-271.
European Union (2011): Council Resolution on a renewed European agenda for adult learning. Brussels
CONFINTEA-Report VI of the home country.

(B) Transnational Essay

For the preparation of the transnational essay, each participant will be matched with the moderators of the respective groups. After the matching, you may agree with the moderators of your group – depending on your interest – on the concrete focus of your short transnational essay (5-6 pages). Please upload your country essay until 15 January 2017 at the moodle platform.
By the transnational essay, each students will provide to the group fellows an insight into his/her home country. In the transnational essay you can answer the questions given in the description of your Comparative Group.

Part 1: European Strategies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

For the analysis of European and international strategies in Lifelong Learning there will be an introduction into a theoretical analysis model. Therefore, we will work with the study guide 'European Strategies in Lifelong Learning: A Critical Introduction'. The authors of the study guide, Professor Licínio Líma and Professor Paula Guimaraes, will moderate the discussion of two different groups. This introduction will be followed by discussions with European Stakeholders in adult and Lifelong Learning as well as by the visit of the following Adult Education providers in Würzburg: Frankenwarte Academy (Citizenship Education Provider), Continuing Education Center of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Würzburg and Schweinfurt. The finale of the first part of the Winter School will be a reflection and a placing of Lifelong Learning practices into the analytical model.

Part 2: Comparing Lifelong Learning

For the comparison of selected subtopics of Lifelong Learning students will choose one subtopic, which will be guided by an international expert. Each group (with around 10 students) will consist of participants from different countries. Each participant will act as representative of his/her home country. Within the group work a comparison will be done. The comparative group work will end with a poster presentation showing the results of the comparison.On registration, each participant will choose one group - in which they will represent their country during the comparison. Every participant will prepare a short country description before the winter school. By this, each students will provide an insight into his/her home country to the group fellows. After registration, all participants will make contact with the moderators of the groups to get some hints concerning the preparation of the country description. The comparison will be done in groups (students can select one).

Requirements for Registration

For participating in the Winter School, a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a subject with relation to lifelong learning (e.g. a Bachelor degree in education) forms the minimum requirement.

Participation Contribution

The regular participation contribution for the Winter School is 200 EUR. There is a reduced participation contribution for participants from international partner universities of 125 EUR:

  • Denmark: Aarhus University
  • Hungary: University of Pécs
  • India: Delhi University
  • Italy: University Florence, University of Padua
  • Portugal: University of Minho, University of Lisbon

Participants from the following german partner universities have to contact their local coordinators for registration:

  • University of Würzburg: Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer
  • Helmut-Schmidt University of Hamburg: Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff
  • Ludwigsburg University of Education: Prof. Ingeborg Schüßler

The participation contribution during the program includes a supply of coffee, tea and water (self-care), one Franconian evening, one guided tour in the residence palace as well as a city guided tour.

International students below the age of 30 have to show a valid European health insurance. Please contact us for clarifying all details. International students will be enrolled as visiting students (program studies) at University of Würzburg. The enrollment fee is included in the participation contribution of the Winter School. All enrolled students receive a student ID, which they also can use for free local transport in Würzburg. Furthermore, they can use the ID for reduced university cafeteria fares.


This project is funded by

  • with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the project number 57248567 and by the Federal Forgeign Office.
  • with support from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Programme "A New Passage to India".
  • with support from European Commission (ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships under the project number: 2015-1-DE01-KA203-002203). This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • with support from the project GSiK (Globale Systeme und Interkulturelle Kompetenz), Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg. This communication reflects the views only of the author.
  • with support from the Human Dynamics Centre, Faculty of Human Sciences, Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg. This communication reflects the views only of the author.


Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg, Z6 building "Zentrales Hörsaal- und Seminargebäude", Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany

You can reach the Z6 building easily with bus line 10 from Sanderring (every 7 to 10 minutes at weekdays) or bus lines 14, 114 and 214 from Würzburg main station.

Würzburg City

Würzburg is a small town in lower frankonia with about 130.000 inhabitans. It is especially known for its famous frankonian wine. The Residenz of Würzburg has a history that goes back to the early 18th century and is a popular tourist destination.
Würzburg can be reached e.g. from Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich airport by bus or train.

Accommodation & certificate


The Julius-Maximilian-University holds various hotel cooperation partners that enable you to use a reduced university guest fee. The hotel prices start at 54 EUR per night. In shared bed dorms prices start at 17,00 EUR per night.
Furthermore, a detailed list of booking recommendations for youth hostels and guest houses in Würzburg will be send to you after your registration. Please consider that we cannot guarantee any free space or the named price. We recommend you to book an accommodation right after your registration.


After participating at the Winter School and completing the transnational essay, you will receive a detailed certificate of attendance (5 ECTS).
Doctoral students who are interested preparing a joint-comparative paper after the Winter School can earn 10 ECTS.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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