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Fostering Critical Reflection in The Frame of Transformative Learning in Adult Education: Italian and Nigerian Comparative Case Studies (Book chapter)

Book title: International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education

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Book Series: Studies on Adult Learning and Education ISSN: 27045781 ISBN: 9788855181549 Year: Volume: 12 DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-155-6.11
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Education
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Critical reflection (CR) is an important process for making decisions on complex issues that influence individuals and societal life. The ability to inform our perceptions and thoughts through the results of critical reflection on our assumptions is fundamentally important in order to face the challenges connected to adult life (Kreber, 2012). Under the perspective of transformative learning (Mezirow & Associates, 2000), the paper discusses the similarities and differences between the ways in which the Italian and Nigerian higher education systems support students’ critical reflection. The results show how the two systems are on the right track to implementing the process at the micro and meso levels.

Comparative Adult and Continuing Education: A Guiding Essay (Book chapter)

Book title: International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education

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Book Series: Studies on Adult Learning and Education ISSN: 27045781 ISBN: 9788855181549 Year: Volume: 12 DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-155-6.02
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Subject: Education
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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.

International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education

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Book Series: Studies on Adult Learning and Education ISSN: 27045781 ISBN: 9788855181549 Year: Volume: 12 DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-154-9
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Education
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This volume gives theoretical and practical insights in international and comparative research in the field of adult and continuing education. The 16 contributions of this volume give three perspectives on international and comparative adult education. The first perspective focuses on the question how internationalisation and comparative adult and continuing education can be taught. The second perspective gives insights into the results of comparative research that has been conducted throughout a two-week Winter School that took place in February 2019 in Würzburg. The third perspective complements the two perspectives with insights into international projects and practices in adult and continuing education. The authors of this volume are contributing to the transnational Winter School International and comparative studies in adult and continuing education in Würzburg, Germany since 2014.

Reliability and Validity of International Large-Scale Assessment

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Book Series: IEA Research for Education ISBN: 9783030530815 Year: Pages: 277 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-53081-5 Language: English
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This open access book describes and reviews the development of the quality control mechanisms and methodologies associated with IEA’s extensive program of educational research. A group of renowned international researchers, directly involved in the design and execution of IEA’s international large-scale assessments (ILSAs), describe the operational and quality control procedures that are employed to address the challenges associated with providing high-quality, comparable data. Throughout the now considerable history of IEA’s international large-scale assessments, establishing the quality of the data has been paramount. Research in the complex multinational context in which IEA studies operate imposes significant burdens and challenges in terms of the methodologies and technologies that have been developed to achieve the stated study goals. The demands of the twin imperatives of validity and reliability must be satisfied in the context of multiple and diverse cultures, languages, orthographies, educational structures, educational histories, and traditions. Readers will learn about IEA’s approach to such challenges, and the methods used to ensure that the quality of the data provided to policymakers and researchers can be trusted. An often neglected area of investigation, namely the consequential validity of ILSAs, is also explored, examining issues related to reporting, dissemination, and impact, including discussion of the limits of interpretation. The final chapters address the question of the influence of ILSAs on policy and reform in education, including a case study from Singapore, a country known for its outstanding levels of achievement, but which nevertheless seeks the means of continual improvement, illustrating best practice use of ILSA data.

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