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Introduction video: Successful learning in comparison without mobility

Successful – because making good comparisons is possible without mobility! From start to end, going through the ups and downs of the writing process, you will stay highly motivated until the end.

Learning – because INTALL presents you with options and possibilities in international comparative analysis, but there is not the ONE way – you have to build your own pathway through self-directed inquiry but with all the support from this webspace!

As mentioned in the video, the concept of comparative analysis in the case of INTALL is always a transnational one. This means that students compare different countries and national cases. The basics and backgrounds of this approach are laid out in the online tutorial “Introduction to comparative adult education & reflection” on the website:

The online tutorial provides you with a video introduction into comparison in general and further methodological backgrounds of comparative analysis in AE plus an additional text to deepen your understanding. You will learn how INTALL promotes a transnational focus on comparative analysis and understand the main benefits of this approach.

As mentioned in the video, you can find a step-by-step explanation on “How to write a transnational essay” in the Compall online tutorial. If you would like to look into two examples of comparative studies, please watch the COMPALL online tutorial “Two examples of comparative studies in adult education and lifelong learning”. Both can be found here:

Didactical Guide

What are the key benefits of comparative analysis in adult education, and how can you get started? Together with Emmanuel Jean-Francois, Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Paula Guimaraes and Shalini Singh, lecturers at the Adult Education Academy, we look at why comparative research is at the heart of what science is today, how it can support adult education as a field, and what needs to be taken into account when starting a comparative analysis.

Benefits of comparative analysis

Why is comparative analysis used in science?

Why is comparative analysis used in adult education?

Beyond national perspectives through comparative analysis

How to understand diversity through adult education


Key issues in comparative analysis/first steps

What are the steps to follow?

Keeping the focus

The importance of contextualization

Why to avoid moral judgement


Comparative topics

Now that you got an insight into comparative analysis and how to work with it in a self-organized manner, here are three comparative topics that you can work on. Following the links, you will find videos, helpful links and materials, quizzes and instructions to work on.

Interpret the aims of projects and activities of adult education for sustainability of a specific non-governmental organisation. Understand the roles played by adult educators in these projects and the activities of education on sustainable development. Understand the roles of higher education institutions in the development of Goal 4 in particular, which focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all.

Learn more about the professional profiles of adult educators. Explore the profiles of adult educators and training programmes in international contexts. Afterwards, you will understand the professional profiles of adult educators.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               



Professional topic

Develop an understanding of what employability is and gain a better understanding of your transversal competences and your experiences. Engage in in-depth reflection on yourself and your story to be prepared for your transition to the labour market.

You can:

  • build a curriculum vitae,
  • write a cover letter,
  • create a professional profile on LinkedIn,
  • understand professional families of adult education,
  • listen and understand stories of practitioners in adult education.

Team up online (optional)

In the Intall@home discussion board, you can discuss your work with other students or researchers or search for partners for collaborative work.

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