Signposts of change in the landscape of adult basic education in Austria: a telling case


  • Irene Cennamo Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Monika Kastner Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Peter Schlögl Universität Klagenfurt, Austria



Adult basic education, Bildung: case study Austria, critical-emancipatory andragogy, traditions and discontinuities


Drawing on a strongly grassroots and expertise-supported development in the field of adult basic education in Austria, this paper traces the current shift to politically motivated_x000D_
interventions. The article is based on a methodologically triangulated case study based on interviews (part 1), review of theory (part 2), and document analysis (part 3). It unveils_x000D_
a unique spirit of empowerment and emancipation in Austrian adult basic education. This spirit currently seems to be at risk. The authors identified five signposts of a changing_x000D_
landscape showing a strong tendency towards impact orientation in terms of employability and upskilling: (1) Standardisation and one of its unintended consequences (2) Technocracy over expertise (3) Narrowing the curriculum (4) Teaching supersedes facilitating (5) Research and development – disliked. In order to preserve the tradition within the framework of adult basic education, the authors emphasise the importance of raising informed and critical voices.


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Cennamo, I., Kastner, M., & Schlögl, P. (2020). Signposts of change in the landscape of adult basic education in Austria: a telling case. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 11(1), 91–107.