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Releasing the Chained Giant

Our second trend report is available for download. Its title is: Releasing the Chained Giant.

A notable aspect of adult education is its particular focus on professional skills, combined with a public discourse that categorises continuing education and professional development as a literal survival strategy for the individual and society. Against this background, the qualities of cultural education remain largely obscured, as do the potential contributions that training and education might make with regard to radical shifts such as climatic change or an ageing society.

Cultural education and processes of change

TRANSIT is therefore proposing a new emphasis within adult learning whereby cultural education is re-evaluated and its potential is also discussed in the context of professional development. In addition, TRANSIT argues that more room should be given to education focused on processes of change, particularly since our response to radical change requires a form of education that helps to solve complex problems, whether at the individual, organisational, community, social or global level.


In turn, digitisation has long been a persistent topic in the sphere of continuing education. The prohibition of classroom teaching as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic has, however, given real impetus to the process of digitisation. This impetus is now highlighting the fact that the educational sector still needs to find an appropriate way of integrating digital technologies into its teaching and learning settings.

Once the Coronavirus pandemic is over and the restrictions on classroom teaching have been lifted, a new balance will need to be found between the digital learning platforms and face-to-face teaching. This process should also include an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of different formats. The sector must also adjust to the fact that the requirements of learners as customers – along with their habits and expectations – will have changed during the pandemic. How long these changes will last will become clear over the coming months. The impetus given to digitisation by the current crisis is not going to leave the education and training sector unmarked.

In our second trend report, TRANSIT is therefore calling for an open yet critical attitude to the adoption of digital technologies in adult education – critical, because adult learning will always, in its essence, also be a social process, a fact that has to be taken into account in the process of digital transformation.


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