Network Coordinator:
Professor Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein, the German Institute of Adult Education, Duisburg/Essen University, Germany

Network Co-coordinator:
Professor Dr. S. Y. Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

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Learn more about the network’s activities here.

Professionalisation of Adult Teachers and Educators in ASEM countries

The quality of adult teachers and trainers is seen as a key factor for the implementation of lifelong learning. The network is dedicated to exchanging, comparing and researching professionalisation and professionalism of this group.

Key research fields and questions:

  • Competences: Which competences are needed by adult teachers? How are competences and qualifications related in different countries?
  • Effects: What evidence can be found concerning the effects of teacher training?
  • Accessibility: What role do access regulations and qualification standards play in the adult learning field?
  • Curriculum development: What methods and criteria are used for the construction and validation of teacher training curricula?
  • Methods: What role do practice vs. theory oriented approaches play in the choice of teacher training methods?

Network publications


Facets of Professionalization among Adult Education Teachers – Eurasian Perspectives

E. Nuissl, P. A. Reddy, S. Lattke, & D. U. Devi (Eds.)

New Delhi: Sarup Book Publishers


Teachers and Trainers in Adult and Lifelong Learning: Asian and European Perspectives

Egetenmeyer, R. and Nuissl Ekkehard, E. (eds.)

Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2010

Book Review by Que Anh Dang


Teachers and Trainers in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: Professional Development in Asia and Europe

Sava, Simona (editor-in-chief); Egetenmeyer, Regina (guest editor); Lupou, Raluca (co-editor)

Journal of Educational Sciences, Volume 11, Nr 1 (19), 2009

West University of Timisoara and Romanian Institute of Adult Education, June, 2009 (ISSN 1454 7668)

– Responsibility, Competences and Profile of People Working in Adult Education.
– Professionalisation of Adult Education – a look into several regions and nations.
– Qualification for people working in Adult Education – Some examples.


Teachers and Trainers in adult Education and Lifelong Learning

German Institute for Adult Education, June 2009.