The programme committee has accepted 23 very interesting papers for the paper sessions. We are working on allocating them into time slots in the programme, but a preliminary division into sessions is already online. You can find it here.
As we have divided the papers into groups of three papers we have 8 paper sessions. We expect one or two symposia to be added to the programme soon. But the programme looks very promising already. I am sure you will find we have recieved papers which address many very pertinent and interesting aspects of adult learning.
Please take a look at the overview and see for yourself.
We have accepted 23 papers and expect an additional one or two symposia on the program. The papers cover a wide range of subjects and promise to offer interesting discussions on current research and practice of adult education. The abstracts will be posted online shortly.
Professor Bjarne Wahlgren, has agreed to summarize the conference discussions and connect them to his own research on the relationship between theory and practice. Wahlgren has written extensively on the relationship between theory and practice, especially the question of how professionals transfer their theoretical knowledge to the practice they are trained to enter. He will consequently lead a fishbowl discussion where the participants have the possibility to summarize and concertize what they have experienced and learned during the conference.
We expect a lively discussion with the participation of many participants to finish of the conference.
We are happy to announce two keynote presentations at the conference: The newest professor in Adult Education in the Nordic area (as far as we know) Dr. Andreas Fejes of Linköping University, Sweden will be giving a keynote presentation with the title: The role of theory in research on the education and learning of adults. And Ingibjörg Elsa Guðmundsdóttir, CEO of the Education and Training Service Centre in Iceland will be the second Keynote speaker, talking about How can research and theory support the practice of adult education.
We have thus representatives from both the field of theory and research and the field of the practice of adult learning and adult education. We are sure their presentations will spur interesting discussions during the conference, inspire and motivate honest exchange on the relationship between theory and practice.
For more information check out the page on the keynote presenters
This time the Nordic Conference on Adult Learning will be held during the two days prior to the 41st Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA). This is done due to requests from people who were interested in visting both conferences. There will be a network meeting on Adult learning during the NERA conference. Some might find it interesting and/or useful to participate in both. We are negotiating with hotels in order to get better prices for people who stay for both conferences.
We are pleased to be able to invite you to – what we think will be – a very exciting conference on theory, research and practice of adult learning, 5.-6. March 2013 in Reykjavík. The Nordic Conference on Adult Learning has been a place where researchers interested in adult learning and adult education in the Nordic area have gathered to compare notes. At the last conference in Trondheim, during an evaluation meeting, participants expressed strongly wishes for:
- more time for discussions
- to make the conference into a meeting-place for researchers and practitioners
We are happy and obliged to do what we can to answer these demands. So we propose a conference where we make this meeting-point between theory and practice into our theme and where, during sessions and research and case-studies will be presented the focus will be on creating interesting discussions. The sessions will thus be somewhat longer than usual, and the presentations shorter, and all participants will be expected to have read the papers before the sessions in order to be able to participate actively in discussions.
We will also be offering sessions of a more participant-driven nature. These are being designed with the help of people who have a lot of experience in that field.
The Fifth Nordic Conference on Adult Learning happened to be held in Iceland in the same year as NERA is holding their annual conference in Iceland. This led to the decision – proposed by members of the adult-learning subgroup at NERA 2012 – to hold our conference during the two days before NERA.
The conferences are run and financed independently of each other so we could not find ways to give any reductions on the conference fees when people participate in both, but we are working on getting reductions of the hotel fees for participants who stay in the same hotel for the duration of both the conferences.
We are looking forward to a proposal from you and will answer promptly.
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