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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Croatia Adult Learning - CARDS 2004 (2007-2009)

Type of project/activity:

Technical assistance under the EU-funded CARDS programme. Croatia received support and technical assistance to improve the quality of adult education. The project started in September 2007 and finished in April 2009.


Overall the project will have three objectives for adult learning in Croatia : policy development, modernisation of adult learning and awareness-raising.


Adult learning is a relatively small activity in Croatia. In general terms adult education mostly consists of courses in higher specialist skills, financed by participants' fees. There are only a few examples of companies, mostly operating on the international market, that train the various categories of their staff, while SME's are using HRD activities to raise their competitiveness only to a very limited extent. Since 2003, a basic skills programme run by the Ministry of Educaiton had trained an increasing – but still low – number of adults in basic skills, including literacy at compulsory school level, and the Croatian Employment Service also provides some learning opportunities for unemployed.


The consortium is led by Aarhus Technical College (Denmark). The other members are Planungs-Engineering- Management GmbH (Germany), EPRD Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development Ltd. (Poland) and the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).

Jean Gordon (EIESP) was a key expert for the component on Quality of Training Programmes and Providers.

Main activities:

The component on the improvement of the quality of adult provision included piloting a methodology for developing short competence-based occupational training courses for adults (unemployed or in employment) based on a modular structure and specified learning outcomes. The report of the multi stakeholder working group for this component also made proposals for key improving the accreditation of training institutions and programmes and for quality supervision of these programmes. The work was undertaken by a working group of the key actors from stakeholder organisations in the public and private sectors.

Name of programme, funder or client:

The CARDS Programme of the European Union

Expected outcomes, reports/documents:

More information about project outcomes can be found here.

For more information please contact Jean Gordon at