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Comparative Adult and Continuing Education: A Guiding Essay

  • Regina Egetenmeyer

This paper provides a guide for developing a research design for comparative studies in adult and continuing education. To that end, a research methodology will be presented that was developed at the COMPALL and INTALL Winter Schools on Comparative Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. Central elements for systematic comparisons in adult and continuing education are (1) the object of comparison, (2) research fields for comparison, and (3) inductive comparative categories. These elements form the reference points for the development of a comparative research question in adult and continuing education. The comparative analysis proposes a three-step approach from juxtaposition to interpretation: step 1 – descriptive juxtaposition; step 2 – analytical juxtaposition; and step 3 – analytical interpretation.

  • Keywords:
  • comparative studies,
  • comparison,
  • adult education,
  • continuing education,
  • international,
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Regina Egetenmeyer

University of Würzburg Julius Maximilian, Germany - ORCID: 0000-0001-8907-5583

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Chapter Title

Comparative Adult and Continuing Education: A Guiding Essay

Authors

Regina Egetenmeyer

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-155-6.02

Peer Reviewed

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2020

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Book Title

International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education

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Vanna Boffo, Regina Egetenmeyer, Stefanie Kröner

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238

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2020

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Firenze University Press

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Studies on Adult Learning and Education

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