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Seminar 3: Study of Adult Education in Different Political Contexts & Impact of Political Context ... - Boyadjieva & Ilieva-Trichkova

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The online seminar series Critical Policy Research in Challenging Political Contexts explores how researchers operate in different political environments, how they negotiate the challenges involved, and the impact of growing control – and “creeping authoritarianism” – today. It is far from clear that liberal notions of academic freedom are or have been the norm. Recent contributions point to the growing significance of authoritarian and populist political movements and ideologies, and ask: how this will influence policy research in adult education?

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Third seminar: "Study of Adult Education in Different Political Contexts & the Impact of Political Context on Research into Adult Education" - Pepka Boyadjieva & Petya Ilieva-Trichkova

The study of adult education in different political contexts is based on the assumption that adult education practices and policies are embedded in social contexts. Theoretically, this presentation will build on Nancy Fraser’s three-dimensional scale of justice: redistribution, recognition, and representation, focussing especially on the third dimension. Achieving this means that people have equal voices in decision-making processes on issues that directly affect their lives. We will discuss empirical evidence of the social embeddedness of accomplishing adult education as a common good in different political contexts, more concretely, in societies characterised with different levels of democracy (measured with Democracy Index), and how the democratic regime of a given country (full vs flawed democracy) mediates how inequality in access to adult education influences generalised and institutional trust .

Pepka Boyadjieva is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy & Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Nottingham, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Lifelong Education and the British Educational Research Journal. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy & Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria, holds a PhD from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. Her research covers inequalities in access to higher education, lifelong learning and graduate employability.
Licínio C. Lima (Discussant), author of over thirty books, is Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal, where he has been Head of Adult Education, Director of the Research Centre for Education and Psychology, Head of Department, and Director of the PhD in Education. This is the third in the online seminar series Critical Policy Research in Challenging Political Contexts.

Chair: John Holford

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