"Programmes and Participation" focuses its research and development on the structure and development of continuing education programmes in the tension field of continuing educational needs, participation and usage as well as institutional contexts. The objective is to analyse and model professional practice for demand and needs-based programme and concept development.

The department focuses on the planning and analysis of continuing education programmes. The professional practice of programme planning and development arranges topics and social forms, passes differentiated coordination processes, and searches for profile-enhancing focal points for organisations. A diverse range of target groups with different needs and expectations participate in programmes. Social requirements and expected benefits are also determining factors for the demand. Programmes reflect the situation but also the understanding of education in educational institutions. They also depict the interaction between concept development, institutionalisation and social context.

The development of differentiated knowledge is a prerequisite for the description and evaluation of thematic internal structures, education cultures and achievements in the educational field. Responses to needs and demand with strategies for addressing and gaining participants as well as programme innovations are discussed. Methods for the planning staff for dealing with political, economic and institutional influence are diagnosed, as well as explanations for creating a balance between pedagogical and professional conviction and the role of diagnosis and knowledge in this context. Based on these analyses, models for needs and demand-oriented concepts and addressing target groups are developed. The target groups consist mainly of full-time educational staff at adult education institutions as well as personnel developer in companies.


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