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Repérage des thèses traitant de la formation des adultes : étude des âges et des rattachements disciplinaires

Olivier Las Vergnas 1, 2, 3 Patrick Bury 
1 CREF: Équipe Apprenance et Formation des Adultes
CREF - Centre de recherches éducation et formation
2 Trigone-CIREL
CIREL - Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Education de Lille - ULR 4354 : EA1038
Abstract : This is the fifth article in the section dedicated to the observation of Francophone research on adult education. It is devoted to the characteristics of recent PhD theses related to this field. After completing the list of 40 theses defended in 2014-2015 (see article N°1 in this section) with 42 others defended in 2016-2017 identified through the same types of requests in the national thesis database (via, it focuses on their disciplinary affiliation as well as on the age of doctoral candidates. This work first confirms the two main observations presented in the first issue of this section: on the one hand, the fact that it is not possible to define a precise outline for this field via bibliometric queries due to the outdated nature of the term "adult education" still used in indexing, and on the other hand, the largely multidisciplinary nature of the field. Subject to accepting the idea that this list of 82 theses nevertheless provides an overview of the core of the theme, two other conclusions can be drawn. The first concerns the age pyramids of doctoral candidates and juries (18 years older than the median of all other research fields combined), the disciplines to which they belong (more than half in education sciences and the other half very scattered, with some isolates or juries are specialized, such as language issues). On the other hand, temporal lexical analysis is always confirmed as being excessively difficult to conduct, given the wide dispersion of interests and vocabularies linked to the catastrophic absence of thesauri.
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Olivier Las Vergnas, Patrick Bury. Repérage des thèses traitant de la formation des adultes : étude des âges et des rattachements disciplinaires. TransFormations : Recherches en éducation et formation des adultes, Institut CUEEP, Lille 1, 2018, 2018, 18 (18). ⟨hal-01906549⟩



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