Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Is adult education a ‘white’ business? Professionals with migrant backgrounds in Austrian adult education

Title:
Is adult education a ‘white’ business? Professionals with migrant backgrounds in Austrian adult education
Author:
Brigitte Kukovetz: University of Graz, Austria Annette Sprung: University of Graz, Austria
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9051
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Year:
2014
Volume:
5
Issue:
2
Pages:
161-175
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2014-10-09


This paper is based on an applied research project, which examines the participation of migrants (first and second generation) as professionals in Austrian adult education. We present selected outcomes concerning barriers and encouraging factors in the careers of professionals with migrant background. Our main findings show the importance of the recognition of credentials, of social capital and of strategies to avoid discrimination on behalf of the institutions of adult education. Introducing the analytical perspective of critical whiteness, we conclude that Austrian adult education still has to reflect its own role in terms of white privileges. Finally we point out some approaches and strategies to widening participation and reducing discrimination in the professional field.

Keywords: Critical whiteness; adult educators with migrant backgrounds; social capital; institutional discrimination

Volume 5, Issue: 2, Article 3, 2014

Author:
Brigitte Kukovetz, Annette Sprung
Title:
Is adult education a ‘white’ business? Professionals with migrant backgrounds in Austrian adult education:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9051
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Volume 5, Issue: 2, Article 3, 2014

Author:
Brigitte Kukovetz, Annette Sprung
Title:
Is adult education a ‘white’ business? Professionals with migrant backgrounds in Austrian adult education:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9051
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Citations:
  • Ariane Sadjed, Annette Sprun & Brigitte Kukovetz (2015). The use of migration-related competencies in continuing education: individual strategies, social and institutional conditions. Studies in Continuing Education, 37(3): 286. DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2015.1066768
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