IRC-GloCoPoS - International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults

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The IRC-GloCoPos is an international research hub that fosters global and comparative policy studies on the education and learning of adults. Policy studies involve the systematic examination of the nature, cause and effects of public statements and meaning-making processes behind them. Specifically. The Centre’s objectives are to advance scientific knowledge and to promote knowledge exchange and dissemination in three interrelated areas:
 
1. Comparative policy studies: Much comparative policy studies on the education and learning of adults, in Italy and internationally, still ignore or undervalue the effects of globalization and increased internationalization on education. Research by the Centre will interrogate: How is policy on the education and learning of adults made under the effects of globalization and increased internationalization in education?
 
2. Global policy studies: Research evidence cautions in interpreting education policy in terms of what public or private organizations do at either local, national or global scales, while recognising complex interactions among a plethora of policy actors and adoption of several policy tools to influence education. Research by the Centre will question: Who and what contribute to policy developments on the education and learning of adults across socio-political territories? How do these policy developments affect adult education and learning praxis in specific localities?
 
3. Theory and methods: While comparative and global policy studies on the education and learning of adults is grounded in General and social education as a scientific field (i.e. M-PED/01), other disciplinary perspectives (e.g., political science, sociology, anthropology) can contribute to research advances in these areas. Research by the Centre will explore: What theories, concepts, research methods and strategies can be fruitfully applied to advance comparative and global policy studies on the education and learning of adults?


The Center was co-founded by:
 
a. Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology at the University of Verona;
b. Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University;
c. Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRPPS);
d. School of Education at Nottingham University. 
 
Director:
 
Dr. Marcella Milana, University of Verona (Italy)
 
Scientific Committee:
 
Professor Palle Rasmussen, Aalborg University (Denmark)
Dr. Paolo Landri, Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (Italy)
Professor John Holford, Nottingham University (United Kingdom)
Dr. Pia Cort, Aarhus University (Denmark)
 
Members:

Dr. Francesca Rapanà, University of Verona (Italy)
Dr. Larson Anne, Aarhus University (Denmark), Associated member
Dr. Katja Brøgger, Aarhus University (Denmark), Associated member
Dr. Gosia (Malgorzata) Klatt, Melbourne University (Australia), Associated member

 

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