ARGE Bildungshäuser Österreich

Working Group of Austrian Educational Centers Austria

Ordinary Member

Ms. Gaby Filzmoser

Bildungshaus Schloss Krastowitz

9020 Klagenfurt, Austria

Tel.: (0043) 664 256 4828

filzmoser (at)

Mission statement

Basic Requirements

The “working group of Austrian Educational Centres” is an independent, nonprofit association, whose members are education centres with different funding bodies. The members commit themselves to the statute und recognise the mission statement, but are autonomous in occupation and function.

The members have in common

  • An ideological orientation to a Christian-humanistic image of man, combined with constitutional, democratic principles.
  • An autonomous, full-time pedagogic leadership for the conception, organisation, implementation/supervision and evaluation of events.
  • A continuous supply of educational events of varying profile and length for the development of personal, societal, religious, political, occupational, artistic and cultural education with different focal points in each education centre.
  • The combination of teaching, collective learning and living within the establishment contributes strongly to the deepening of the learning experience, and is the basic concept of the members. This is made possible through a correspondent spatial offer, board and lodging.

Lead Concept

  • The working group is a forum for encounters, exchange of experiences, information and cooperation between the members.
  • The working group is a place for the development of ideas and common projects based on pedagogic trends, societal changes and cultural challenges.
  • The working group is a special interest group of its members. It is active in education policy. It is a partner for all Austrian and international institutions for adult education.

Ideals and Principles

  • The members work in this community and contribute – through leaders or their employees – actively to events.
  • Our interaction with each other is founded on mutual recognition and appreciation. We maintain a cooperative working style. Conflicts are approached and dealt with constructively.
  • We strive to secure and perpetually develop the pedagogic and contentual quality of our offers.

Main activities

  • Representing members’ interests with the important institutions in educational policy and with other associations of adult education centres, as well as with the responsible bodies and the general public.
  • Support with securing the economic basis for adult education in the member centres by obtaining financial and human resources from public authorities
  • Cooperating with other adult education associations on a national and international level
  • Planning, organizing, carrying out and analyzing further education for the staff of the adult education centres
  • Elaborating and further developing quality criteria, elaborating measures to maintain and check quality standards
  • Networking among members
  • Image campaign for adult education in adult education centres.
  • Observing and helping shape the legal and structural framework of adult education
  • Developing, carrying out and evaluating joint educational projects.


ARGE BHÖ (2014): Bildung bewegt - Festschrift zur 60 Jahr-Feier. Online, Print version: Eigenverlag.

Gaby Filzmoser, ARGE BHÖ (ed., 2013): Bildungshaus 2.0, Die Veränderung der Bildungskultur in Bildungshäusern durch den Einsatz digitaler Medien. Norderstedt: BoD

Filzmoser, Gaby/ Jenewein, Franz/ Planton, Rudolf (2011): Die ARGE Bildungshäuser Österreich als lernende Organisation im Kontext von Qualitätsmanagement. In: Magazin Das Fachmedium für Forschung, Praxis und Diskurs. Ausgabe 12, 2011. Wien. Online, Print version: Books on Demand GmbH: Norderstedt.

Baumgartner, Johann/Filzmoser, Gaby/Jenewein, Franz (2012): Kunst und Literatur in den österreichischen Bildungshäusern. In: Magazin Das Fachmedium für Forschung, Praxis und Diskurs.Ausgabe 15, 2012. Wien. Online, Print version: Books on Demand GmbH: Norderstedt.

Riegler, Markus; ARGE Bildungshäuser Österreich (ed., 2010): Neue Wege zwischen Bildungsauftrag und Wirtschaftlichkeit. Wien, Inna

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