World of research
ELM opens a window to the world of research by interviewing researchers and discussing research in an understandable, accessible way.
A Man with Hope
Emeritus Professor Linden West delves into the stories of marginalised people to understand obstacles to adult learning, and to encourage dialogue and democratic participation.
The power of memories
We talked to Professor Aline Sierp about better acknowledging the way collective memories shape our views, politics – and even the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Pathways from childhood outdoor experiences to engagement in later life – the view from older outdoor enthusiasts
This paper is based on the life stories of 28 older outdoor enthusiasts who reflect on their engagement with a range of outdoor activities during their lives. Their stories reveal that there are particular pathways from early years through middle age that help them to keep their interest and enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Making the outer inner: adults need play too
Play is often cited as ‘the work of children’, but play does not leave us when we become adults, says Dr Peter King.
Engagement is an emotional business
Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard’s research provides insights about supporting engagement, particularly in an online environment. Emotions really matter in engaging learning, she says.
Broadening Germany’s narrow path in education
Students from minority backgrounds face many obstacles in the German school system. What does it really take creating a more inclusive path to higher education?
Education journals can be mediators and agenda setters
Adult education journals and publications are important communicators of research-based knowledge. More and more of them are becoming fully digital.
Putting research into practice: challenges and opportunities in adult education
New initiatives in Sweden are bringing practice-oriented research into adult education. Two Nordic experts share their insights about how adult education research and the use of it could be further improved.
Curiosity led Bjarne Wahlgren to work at the intersection of two worlds
For Bjarne Wahlgren, it was a natural choice to have one career line in education practice and one in academia. More focus on learning transfer is urgently needed, he argues.
Sustainable knowledge transfer requires new ways of collaboration
The dialogue between research and practice in adult education must start with considering the fundamental differences between both systems, writes Peter Brandt from the DIE. The text is an essay written for issue 3/2021 on Research & Practice of Adult Education.