Raising awareness of health hazards, climate changes and national cultural heritage are new elements of Slovenian adult education. This creates new challenges to the levels of educators' competencies and to monitoring and evaluation of activities.
Otava Folk High School is situated in Eastern Finland. Back in 1997, the school established an online upper secondary education programme for adults, and student numbers have been growing ever since. The school offers online education at comprehensive school level (primary and lower secondary education) and at upper secondary level. At both levels, the students study at their own pace, and no examinations are arranged. The school's trump cards are trust and flexibility.
In this paper, I would like to argue for the application of drama in adult education that goes beyond popular role play games and to invite adult educators to re-think drama not as a method, but as an approach to education with epistemological and ontological thinking behind learning methodology. I am particularly interested in this question since I witnessed a misuse of the drama in adult education, which I believe was the consequence of focusing on the activity and “overdoing drama”, but neglecting learning process, inner of learners and group dynamic.
The book “Continuing education vouchers. Effects of a financing model in four European countries.” (Bielefeld 2013 by Bernd Käpplinger, Rosemarie Klein, Erik Haberzeth) deals with a new financing approach in the public funding of further vocational education, known as “continuing education vouchers.” The investigation seeks to determine whether this instrument is effective and fulfills the expectations placed in it.
An Interview with Knud Illeris, Danish scientist and Professor in Lifelong Learning
Liberal Denmark has come into the media’s focus in recent years at least twice, most recently after the terror attack in mid-February. The image of an open, inclusive and exemplary multicultural society is crumbling. What has happened? How do you, as a researcher in Adult Learning, see this latest change?
KI: I think that most people in Denmark experience the change you are mentioning, and as I see it, it is a consequence of a superior change from Denmark being a welfare state in the direction of what has been termed a competition state, i.e. that the final reason for political, organizational and administrative decisions and changes is what is supposed to be of benefit to the national economic competitiveness.
Since we last published a Newsletter (February 3), the European Adult Education InfoNet met for a Milestone Conference in Lisboa, Portugal. The conference took stock of the activities of InfoNet, not only during the preceding year, but since the beginning 10 years ago.
Since the end of the 1990s, participation in transnational projects as part of EU funding programmes has become an indispensable element of adult education. This kind of project work creates new research results and pedagogical findings, shapes innovative educational concepts and learning products, and organises exchanges of information and the mobility of teachers and learners. By this means, cross-border cooperation plays a role in improving the quality of education.
“I wish I came here sooner”, says 75-year-old Marko, who recently discovered the benefits of a library for the first time. Now he is no longer merely a retired merchant sitting at home and waiting for something to happen. He uses the library for reading papers, for computer courses and for meeting other people of his own age.
While the OECD statistics in Education at a Glance describe Ireland as having a promising outlook in that we invest more in education per student than most OECD countries, and that 93% of young people are expected to graduate from upper secondary education in their lifetimes we still have the fifth highest rate of unemployment among the OECD countries. The data show that the lower the levels of educational attainment the higher the risk there is of being unemployed.
“Money spent on awareness is much cheaper and less painful than cure.” This is philosophy behind campaigns on sexual health promotion in Malta. “We want to transmit a healthy message across the community to promote healthy lifestyle and sexual health. We use various media…” says The Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr Charmaine. She describes the sexual health campaign in this interview.