The analysis of some issues concerning quality in the area of non-formal adult education was conducted with the aim of questioning the possibilities for introducing in this distinct subsystem of education standards of quality management in order to improve it. The search for possibilities began by considering the very term of standards and its functions, and continued by presenting standards ISO 2990:2010, which relate to learning services in non-formal education and training, by examining closer conditions for obtaining the status of a publicly accredited organizer of adult education activities. These two types of standards were then compared, after which we turned to definitions, elements and characteristics of non-formal education. By acknowledging some of the basic determinants of non-formal education, as well as the standards, we offer a draft of a possible construct for introducing quality standards in non-formal adult education.
Aleksandra Pejatović, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.
Ljiljana Dimitrijević, PhD is an Auditor of q uality management system and owner of Adult Education Action.
The paper is a part of research project undergoing realization at the Institute of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, “Models of assessment and strategies for improvement of quality of education” (179060), supported by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development RS.