New publications: validating informal competences of disadvantaged learners

24. Mär 2016

Could validation of competences of educationally disadvantaged adults motivate them to (re)engage with learning?

The project assumes that there is a mix of different strategies needed to open up education opportunities for educationally disadvantaged people. In our first strategy we trained people from the social environment of educationally disadvantaged people, and prepared them for their role as new intermediaries/multipliers. We were interested in finding out to what extent the new multipliers could motivate and activate educationally disadvantaged people. Find out what we did in the different workshops in Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom here. A short summary of the lessons learned and recommendations are available here. ZSI's role in this consortium is evaluation and scientific accompaniment. Here is the evaluation report of this phase.

Strategy 2 addresses educationally disadvantaged people themselves.The idea of this innovative educational format is to empower people to drive self-determined change. People gain self-confidence, and the desire and motivation to continue learning increases when they can evaluate and document their formally and informally acquired skills. This helps to recognise the own state of knowledge. The subject of inquiry for the team was to what extent making this kind of offer available can increase participation in education. developed and tested curricula that would evaluate and recognise the informally acquired skills of educationally disadvantaged people with basic skills needs in each partner country (Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom). The recognition process varied due to specific individual needs and the educational goals of the participants. Topics and contents during the training followed identified needs that were determined by the participants themselves. Find out how each of the recognition process looked like and the contents and formats of the the different training courses implemented here as well as the evaluation of these training courses.


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Tags: education, lifelong learning

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