for International Hall of Fame, University of Oklahoma

     European Branch

HOFE-members status and contribution

In mid October 2015, we presented a Survey for the European inductees of the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame (hereafter HOFE-members). A letter and a questionnaire (attached) was sent to the 35 HOFE-members who are alive and already inducted and to the new inductees in Oklahoma, November 2015. All in all 34 members where we had a proper e-mail address . After two rounds of reminders, we totally have received 21/22 answers, which is close to 60 per cent.

The Hall of Fame members from Europe covers the following countries: Denmark (1), Finland (1), Norway (1), Sweden (1), Germany (5), Switzerland (3), Romania (3), Scotland (1), United Kingdom (9), Ireland (1), Portugal (2), Serbia (3), Hungary (2), Bulgaria (1), France (1), Holland (1)

The folloving text reports the questions and the answers to them. We also gave the respondets opportunity to comment by open questions. We have summarized some of these comments at the end.

1. When inducted to HOF?
Asking for year and place, the anweres were:
Before 2010: Eleven
Between 2010 – 2015: Six
2015: Five
It seems to be slightly equel interest for HOFE independent of if the respondents are “new” or “old” inductees.

2. Present position
We asked for present position and connection to institution. Those occupied or connected to one or more universities are in majority. The answers are as follows:
Universities: 15
Organisations: 5
Institution or public: 2

3. Currently involved and active in ALE?
Two of the respondents answered “no” to this question. Thet is: 18 of 20 respondets are still involved in ALE. This is quite good.

4. Last contribution to ALE (Adult Learning and Education)
The answers differs a lot. Many members retired quite many years ago, and are not longer active in the field. Some has changed field, and are not longer in adult education. Others have still positions in adult education, both formally e.g. as board members or project members (EAEA, EDEN etc.), some see the Hall of Fame induction as their most recent contribution.

5. Contribution to ALE and/or HOFE in the future?
We asked about possible contribution from the responents to future activities of HOFE and/or adult education in general. The respondents were asked to pick more than one alternative, and the answers were:
a. Teaching 65 %
b. Policy work 65 %
c. Research 55 %
d. Lectures/speaches 70 %
e. Writing, editing 70 %
f. Monitoring 15 %
g. Organizing conferences 25 %
h. Conceptual work 25 %
More than half of the respondents are willing to give contributions by teaching, research, writing and policy work. Less wish to contribute more practically.

6. Contribution to HOFE Website?
We asked if the respondents would be able to work for the European website. Most respondets answers “may be” and add comments like “it depends on what kind, what work load” etc. This might be developed further and be given a presision. Three answers “no”, just two (or three, depending on what kind) answer a clear “yes”.

7. Involved in EAEA?
We asked if the respondents have been or currently are involved in the Europena Association for the Education of Adults in any way? Almost half of the respondents answeres “yes”, they have been or still were involved in EAEA in some way, e.g. through projects. However, the connetction between HOFE-members and EAEA-activities are not obvious. One reason could be that most induvctees are academians connected to formal education and universities, while EAEA first and foremost are an organisation for non formal education. Most of those answering “yes” were involved in EAEA in the past, not longer now. Not so surprising, as most people are well established and grown up when they get such an honour HOF induction is.
Instead of involvement in EAEA, a few are involved in other European “umbrellas”, such as EUCEN or EDEN.

General comments, proposals, advices and suggestions
We asked the respondents to come up with advice etc. for further development of HOFE (open questions). Around 50 % answered these questions. This is some key points:

  • We should work out a HOFE concept in a smaller group
  • We could have a European HOFE Board
  • We could have annual conferences and/or metings on a European level to change experieonce and promote HOFE.
  • We should link to HOF Oklahoma
  • We should have a base somewhere in Europe
  • We should discuss partners and cooperationg bodies, such as EAEA, EUCEN, EUCIS and EDEN (and the Lifelong Learning Platform)
  • We should use blog and Twitter (social media) more
  • We shouldplan for involvement in some kind in the International Conference on Adult Education in 2018 (ref. propsals form the Romanian members of HOFE).
  • Suggestions for mutual information.
  • A special contribution from the Romanian members quoted from one of them:

    “Identification of national and international organizations that we, the IACE Hall of Fame members, are part of. Using the roles, functions, complementary levers in favour of the IACE Hall of Fame and of the European HoF. Carrying out a graph of IACEHoF events and actions for which we, the Europeans, take responsibility in organising them. Romania could make known again its availability to host some IACEHoF events connected to the 5th International Conference on Adult Education in 2018. Given the new context, the event will be under the auspices of the Europe HoF. In 2018, Romania will celebrate, together with other states in the region, 100 years since the union as a unitary and independent state, following the peoples' national emancipation battles. Three large multinational empires collapsed then, while the once oppressed peoples formed unitary states, subject of international law. For the first time, Europe took into account the national self-determination principle. The events organised on this occasion will further emphasize the idea of the European unity. Projecting and developing common events concentrated on the need to cultivate the superior, eternal values: the European idea of adult education, continuity and discontinuity in adult education – emphasizing the elements continuity - , unity and diversity – emphasizing the unity. Our preoccupation can become significant if we identify methods to shape behaviour and superior attitudes – leaving from the capitalization of traditions, historic experiences, and offering criteria, principles of selection and responsibility for the effects. From our point of view, through the programme, the European members may become generators of ideas, projects and actions capable of offering alternatives to the dismissal of the humanistic education. Adults cannot give up the task of their education because they are responsible for the quality of their intergenerational quality. For this purpose, it is necessary for every action included in the Graph for the following 5 to 10 years to be supported by resources that can be attracted through EU- or internationally funded projects.”

    This report is based on a survey made by a project organiced by SVEB – the Swiss Verband für Erwachsenenbildung – to strengthen the links between the HOFE members in Europe, to promote activities by HOFE in the future and to build links between HOFE and other adult education areas in Europe, e.g. EAEA – the European Association for the Education of Adults.

    Report fulfilled 10.01.2016

    Sturla Bjerkaker

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