About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The journal is placed in the field of Adult Education. The key term Critical Issues reflects our strategic goal of developing a critical dialogue between adult educators on critical issues that call into question stereotypical perceptions, and questions may remain open, given their ambivalent, controversial, neglected, misunderstood or underdeveloped approach to the literature. Thus, we hope that the journal will contribute to the promotion of ideas and principles of Adult Education with an emphasis on critical reflection and learning for change. 

As relevant to the field of the journal might be considered critical issues within the field of Adult Education that indicatively involve:

  • Research, good practices and proposals on crucial issues regarding transformative processes and critical approaches in education, society, governance, policies and other areas of interest, related to the field of Adult Education.
  • Redefinition or reassessment of problematic perspectives, theoretical views, or social phenomena.
  • Exploration of multiple, different, alternative, ambivalent, controversial perspectives.
  • Challenge of taken-for-granted or unjustified assumptions and  practices. 
  • Analysis of the power dynamics of a situation. 
  • Exploration of disregarded or undermined, however interesting and challenging perspectives.

Article template

Peer Review Process

Research articles under submission are assessed by conduct of parallel “double-blind” evaluation, i.e. are anonymously sent (without mentioning the writers’ specifics) by the journal’s Editorial Board to two members of peer review panel with specialization to the scientific thematic areas of the journal.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Editorial Board

Members of the Greek Adult Education community

ANASTASIADIS PANOS, University of Crete, Greece

ARMAOS REMOS, Hellenic Open University, Greece

BABALIS THOMAS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

FRAGKOULIS IOSIF, Hellenic Open University, Greece

GOULAS CHRISTOS, University of Neapolis, Cyprus

GIOTI LABRINA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

KARAGIANNOPOULOU EVANGELIA, University of Ioannina, Greece

KARALIS THANASSIS, University of Patras

KEDRAKA KATERINA, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

KORONAIOU ALEXANDRA, Panteion University, Greece

KORRE PAVLI MARIA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

KOULAOUZIDIS GEORGE, Hellenic Open University, Greece

KOUTOUZIS MANOLIS, Hellenic Open University, Greece

LINTZERIS PARASKEVAS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

PAVLAKIS MANOS, Frederick University, Cyprus

PHILLIPS NIKIHellenic Open University, Greece

POULOPOULOS CHARALAMPOS, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

PROKOU ELENI, Panteion University, Greece

RAIKOU NATASSA, University of Thessaly, Greece

SIFAKIS NIKOS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

TSIBOUKLI ANNA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

VAIKOUSI DANAI, Hellenic Open University, Greece

VALKANOS EFTHYMIOS, University of Macedonia, Greece

VERGIDIS DIMITRIS, University of Patras

ZARIFIS GIORGOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Members of the international Adult Education community

BUERGELT PETRA, University of Canberra, Australia

FABRI LORETTA, University of Siena, Italy

FEDELI MONICA, University of Padova, Italy

FINNEGAN FERGAL, National University of Ireland, Ireland

FLEMING TED, Columbia University, USA

GOUGOULAKIS PETROS, University of Stockholm, Sweden

HOGGAN CHAD, North Carolina State University, USA

HOGGAN KLOUBERT TETYANA, University of Augsburg, Germany

IRELAND TIMOTHY, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

KASL ELISABETH, Independent Scholar, USA


MARSICK VICTORIA, Columbia University, USA

MAYO PETER, University of Malta, USA

NIKOLAIDES ALIKI, University of Georgia, USA 

POPOVIC KATARINA, University of Belgrade, Serbia

STRIANO MAURA, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

TAYLOR KATHLEEN, Saint Mary’s College of California, USA

WELCH MARGUERITE, Saint Mary’s College of California, USA


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Journal History

The journal of the HAEA began to be published in 2004, exclusively for its members. At that time there was very little Greek-language bibliography on Adult Education. So, there was a big gap that needed to be filled in order for the interested Greek public – which in the meantime was increasing due to the proliferation of adult education programs, as well as the relevant studies that had begun in Hellenic Open University and other universities – to be able to come into contact with the scientific approaches, the trends and the research data of the field.

This role was assumed by the journal Adult Education, which began to build an epistemological tradition. On the other hand, the journal had secured the support of leading scholars, such as Peter Jarvis, Collin Griffin, Alan Rogers, Phil Race, who contributed as scientific advisors. Moreover, the journal was not limited to the publication of articles, but had additional columns concerning book reviews, portraits of scholars, news and actions from the field, and emblematic texts that influenced the theory and practice of adult education.

Since then, the journal has remained steadfast in its goals. 49 issues were published continuously, every four months, which hosted after the review of an editorial board, a large number of papers of Greek scholars, as well as translations of articles, tributes to special topics, interviews, reviews, portraits.

However, things have changed over time. The Greek community of Adult Education expanded significantly and made its presence felt in the international arena with publications, presence in conferences, European programs, international collaborations. We felt that many abroad were interested in our views. At the same time, the need for the work of Greek scholars to be made public as widely as possible was created.

For these reasons, the journal, maintaining its basic principles, became from October 2021 bilingual (Greek – English) and open access, so that its content is disseminated to as many as possible, to achieve the attraction of high-level articles from all over the world and to increase the international recognition of authors.

The journal's title is now Adult Education: Critical Issues, identifying that the term "critical issues" signifies:

• redefinition or critical evaluation of problematic considerations, theoretical approaches or social phenomena

• questioning perceptions or practices that are taken for granted

• investigation of various, different, alternative controversial or opposing considerations

• investigation of unrecognized or undervalued considerations that are however interesting and provocative.