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Comparing national adult education policies on a global level. An exploration of patterns of difference and similarity in international policy contexts by method of lexicometric analysis

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The article sets out to compare national adult education policies on a global level and explores patterns of difference and similarity by presenting empirical findings of a lexicometric analysis. The data bases are national reports published in the context of the UNESCO-conference CONFINTEA VI. They were analysed on the background of the question, if differences in the understanding of adult education can be identified depending on EU or non-EU membership of the analysed countries. Theoretically, the enquiry refers to the framing of world polity and empirically, it employs the quantitative procedures of lexicometric analysis developed in linguistics, which enable to analyse huge amounts of text with regard to macrostructures of discourses by calculating word frequencies, keywords and collocations. The empirical analysis shows differences in understandings of adult education depending on EU membership. It becomes obvious that even if the reports were published in the context of and oriented to demands of UNESCO, patterns of difference between EU and non-EU states can be found in the discourse as regards frequency, keyness and collocation analyses.
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Keywords: CONFINTEA VI; EU; Lexicometric analysis; UNESCO; adult education policy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Adult and Continuing Education, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Publication date: November 2, 2018

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