Faculty of Society Sciences
(Anton De Kom University, Paramaribo)
educational theories and International Policy
discourse, theories and paradigms
Technology innovations and
transfer in third world countries
Faculty of Technological
Sciences (Anton De Kom University, Paramaribo)
Tom Vanwing is full time professor at the University
of Brussels, Department Adult Educational Sciences. He teaches (amongst other)
Management for educational change; Sustainable development: educational theories and International Policy; Community
development: discourse, theories and paradigms; Technology innovations and
transfer in third world countries.
His research concerns Adult Education: Synergies of combining formal and informal learning;
professionalization and professional roles; innovative approaches (example:
Sustainable Development: Institutional University cooperation; Education for Sustainable
Development, Social and
cultural transition strategies for Sustainability and Development: community
dynamics and informal learning in a multidisciplinary approach (example:
Adult Education: Synergies of combining formal and informal
learning; professionalization and professional roles; innovative approaches. www.citizenne.be
Example: Promotor EDAM (Education Against
Marginalization) Grundtvig. www.socialinclusion.eu
EDAM is an European framework
for evaluating educational programs aiming to enhance social inclusion of
vulnerable adults. Social inclusion of minority
groups in Europe has become one of the biggest challenges in today’s society.
Minority groups, which include unemployed, elderly and low-educated people,
experience a variety of problems that hinder them in participating actively in
society. Learning at any age is seen as an effective tool for minority groups
to offer them new perspectives on life.
Eight European member states, i.e. the
Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Romania, Greece, and Denmark,
developed a first European database of Life Long Learning, offering insights in
how educational programs aiming to enhance social inclusion of marginal groups
can be optimized. The developed data within this scientific research project
will provide teachers and policy-makers of the European Union with ideas and
material for reference in enhancing social inclusion through education.
Sustainable Development: Education for Sustainable Development, Social and cultural transition strategies for Sustainability and Development: community dynamics and informal learning in a multidisciplinary approach.
Example: Projectleader VLIR-IUC
Partnership ADEKUS. Master in Education and Research for Sustainable
programmes provide a unique opportunity to contribute to the institutional
development of a university in the South. With the motto 'Sharing minds,
Changing lives' VLIR-UOS captures the fact that building the capacity of
academic institutions will enable societies to independently find solutions for
local development problems. In this specific project, a master programme is
developed and installed a the Faculty for Societal Sciences of the Anton De Kom
University of Suriname and research is set up concerning the themes ‘Civil
Participation’, ‘Community Development’, ‘Poverty Alleviation’ and
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Selection of publications:
Behara Satyanarayana, Preetika Bhanderi, Mélanie
Debry, Danae Maniatis, Franka Foré, Dawda Badgie, Kawsu Jammeh, Tom Vanwing,
Christine Farcy, Nico Koedam and Farid Dahdouh-Guebas (2011). A socio-ecological assessment aiming at
improved forest resource management and sustainable ecotourism development in
the mangroves of Tanbi Wetland National Park, The Gambia, West Africa
Shah Md. A. Haq, A.; T. Vanwing, T; & L. Hens
(2010) Perception, Environmental Degradation and Family Size Preference: a
Context of Developing Countries. Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, 4,
102-108. Available at
Atiqul Haq , Shah Md., Vanwing, Tom, Hens, Luc,
Hussain, A. H. M Belayeth, Akhtaruzzaman, Md., Chowdhury, Tanzina and Hossain,
Mohammed Anwar (2010). Perception of Environmental Degradation and Family Size:
A Comparative Study on Married Man and Women (Indigenous People) in Bangladesh.
OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 6, 33-41.
Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1672061
Holvoet, E; Lombaerts, K.; Engels, N.; De
Backer, F. & T.Vanwing (2010). Lifelong Learning
as a strategy for educating global citizens within higher education. International Journal of Socials Sciences and
Humanity Studies, Vol. 2, 1, 55-61.
Foré, F., K. Belpaeme, M. Debry, T. Vanwing & F. Dahdouh-Guebas (2009). A comparison between the mangroves of Tanbi Wetland
Complex (the Gambia) and projects in Oostende and Knokke-Heist (Belgium) with
respect to the setup of a sustainable ecotouristic project: analysis of social,
cultural and educational conditions. Brussels: Proceedings of the Symposium
African Botany (27/03/2009)
T. & Vanwing, T. (2008) Betekenissen van sociaal-culturele educatie. In:
Gids sociaal-cultureel en educatief werk. België: Kluwer Mechelen: 219-234
Vanwing, T.; Vermeersch, L., Verschelden, G.,
Machiels, R. & L. Vandenbroucke (2008). Evoluties en kenmerken van
niet-formele educatie : Delphi-onderzoek bij de regionale volkshogescholen -
Leuven : Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Hoger Instituut voor de Arbeid, 2008.
- VII, 141 p. - ISBN 9789088360008. Available at http://www.sociaalcultureel.be/doc/Doc/wetensch_onderzoek_2.pdf
Vanwing, T., Meurs, P., Buffel, T., De
Pauw, W. & Lombaerts, K. (2008).
Adviesrapport: Eigenschappen en positie van niet formele educatie in het
sociaal-cultureel volwassenenwerk. In opdracht van de Vlaamse Minister voor
Cultuur, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, 296 p.
T., Elias, W. en De Cuber, L. (2007) De didactiek van de niet-didactiek. Een
didactiek van de niet formele educatie. In: Onderwijsonderzoek: redelijk eigenzinnig?!Interdisciplinair onderzoek over onderwijs in
de academische lerarenopleiding van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.IDLO-jubileumboek in het kader
van de publicatiereeks 'Onderwijs en Samenleving'. VUBPress, Brussel, 145-162
Vanwing, T., Jacquet, W.,
Knockaert, J., Buffel, T. & Verté, D. (2007). Investigating socio-cultural adult educators: a survey on professionals’
beliefs, experiences, and context. In: Giannakaki, M.S. (Ed) The teacher and
the teaching profession: Current Research and International issues, ATINER:
Greece, Athens, 377 - 389
Buffel, T., Vanwing, T. & Verté, D. (2007). Making meaning of social-cultural adult education. In: Giannakaki, M.S.
(Ed) The teacher and the teaching profession: Current Research and
International issues, ATINER: Greece, Athens, 389-403