Professionalisation of Adult Educators

ProfessionalisationLattke, Susanne/Jütte, Wolfgang (eds.) (2014): Professionalisation of Adult Educators International and Comparative Perspectives. Frankfurt am M
ain: P. Lang (=Studies in Pedagogy, Andragogy and Gerontagogy, 65)

ESREA Research Network on Adult Educators, Trainers and their Professional Development (ReNAdET

The general scope of this recently network is to provide input on how to improve the conditions needed for the personal and professional development of adult educators and trainers, enhancing the attractiveness of their profession and therefore strengthening the idea of quality in adult education in Europe. This is to be achieved by stipulating some insight into key issues and challenges related to the adult educator and related staff, and by highlighting essential areas of action, current trends, good practices and relevant policies. On these grounds the aim of the proposed network is threefold:

  • To bring forward the experience from all around Europe, on issues pertaining to the multiple roles, practices and settings in which adult educators and related staff act and grow.
  • To report on current European projects and stimulate research in this area.
  • To explore the way/s in which policies develop and analyse their possible impact.

A large variety of issues is to be addressed and researched within the network. A shortlist of themes and expected focus on areas of related research, may include -but not restricted to- topics such as initial education and training of adult educators and related staff; access, recruitment and career paths for adult educators & trainers; ageing and gendering of the adult educator; professionalisation of the adult educator, trainer, practitioner; attractiveness of the profession, employment situation, working environments and working conditions; continuing and in-service education and training for adult educators & assessment of their role; duties, roles and identities for adult educators and related staff; methods and qualities of practice, reflectivity and reflective practice; adult learner/participant – adult educator interaction & issues of power and authority; trade unionism, collaboration and networking among adult educators and related staff; policy making and its impact on adult educators’ roles and practices.


  • Georgios K. Zarifis is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Philosophy, of the Aristotle University of Thessalonikiin Greece. His research interests focus on adult educators‘ training and professionalisation, university continuing education and comparative examination of adult learning policies and practices in Southeastern Europe. (
  • Larissa Jogi is an associate professor in adult education and as the head of Adult Education Department in the Institute of Educational Science at Tallinn University in Estonia. Her research interests include teaching and learning in university, adult training and adult educator professional development, adult learning and learning in the life course. (
  • Wolfgang Juette  is currently Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. His main research is focused on international and comparative adult education, co-operation and network research and on university continuing education. (