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ESREA Network on Gender and Adult Learning

Associate Professor Joanna Ostrouch-Kamińska
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Aims/themes of the network:
The gender issue is visible in research in the Educational Sciences, but it mainly concerns formal education and children. The purpose of this ESREA network is through more light upon this field of research in adult education in Europe. Reports of research are discussed in terms of their theoretical aspects such as gendered learning, gender in higher education, gendered biographies, masculinities-femininities, gender in adult training, but also in terms of their methodological dimensions.

History of the network:
ESREA envisaged establishing a gender research network from the beginning of its activities in 1991. However, it was only in 1996, during an international conference on education in Sweden, that Agnieszka Bron, Stockholm University, Barbara Merrill, Warwick University, and Edmée Ollagnier, Geneva University took the initiative to activate the ESREA gender network during a friendly lunch in a Viking village. During the ESREA European Research Conference in Brussels in September 1998, concrete decisions were made and future activities planned.

Frequency of meetings:
The network meets every two years.


History of meetings:

1999 - University of Bochum, Germany.

2000 - a joint meeting with ESREA network on Life-History and Biographical Research at the

Roskilde University, Denmark.

2001 - University of Geneva, Switzerland.

2004 - a post-conference meeting following the ESREA European Research Conference at the

University of Wroclaw, Poland.

2005 - University of Geneva, Switzerland.
2007 – University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland.

2009 – University of Hull, United Kingdom.

2011 - University of Montpellier, France

2013 – University of Coimbra, Portugal
2015 – University of Belgrade, Serbia


Next meeting:

12-14 October 2017, University of Koblentz, Germany                                                                                                                The theme: Gender - Diversity - Intersectionality. (New) Theories and Policies in Adult Education”
     First call to conference



Dybbroe, B. & Ollagnier, E. (Eds) (2003), Challenging Gender in Lifelong Learning:

European perspectives, Roskilde: Roskilde University Press.

This publication is organised into 3 sections: informal learning in the public and private spheres; learning process in the classroom; training, workplace-learning and vocational education.



Ostrouch, J. & Ollagnier, E. (Eds) (2008), Researching Gender in Adult Learning, Frankfurt

am Main: Peter Lang.

This book, organized into three parts, has the aim of involving researchers from all over Europe, (…) and to illustrate and illuminate their work to a wider audience. The first part focus on considerations and analyses related to an open vision of the gender question in adult learning; one in which adult learning is widely referred to within other components of life, such as in work or family. The second part has the aim of exploring different and innovative methodological options taken by researchers to question the gendered nature of adult learning. The third section provides examples of research, chosen to illustrate what may be observed and how this can be analysed in very different contexts (p. 10).


Ostrouch-Kamińska, J.,  Fontanini, Ch. & Gaynard, S. (Eds.) (2012), Considering Gender in Academia: (In)visible Act, Wrocław:    

            Wydawnictwo Naukowe Dolnośląskiej Szkoły Wyższej.   

The book is focused on gendered analysis of open and hidden aspects of higher education, especially educational curriculum, educational system, structure and organizational hierarchy, men and women’s educational opportunities and achievements, differences in educational and career trajectories and biographical experiences of students and academics. It is organized into four parts entitled: “Towards gender awareness”, “Participation, structure and curriculum”, “Identity, interaction and learning strategies”, ”Flexibility, possibilities and (hidden) effects of adult education”.


Ostrouch-Kaminska, J. & Vieira, C. (2015). Private world(s): Gender and informal learning of adults. Rotterdam: Sense Publisher. 

Freely available on-line as open access book


Maksimović M, Ostrouch-Kamińska J, Popović K & A Bulajić (Eds.) (2016), Contemporary Issues and Perspectives on
Gender Research in Adult Education
, Belgrade: Institute of Pedagogy and Andragogy, University of Belgrade.

Freely available on-line as e-book

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