Adult Education and Mature Learners
How can adult education best support mature and elderly learners?
What keeps Portugal’s elderly offline?
In Portugal only slightly over one third of senior citizens use the internet. In order to fight this digital exclusion, more must be done, researcher Celiana Azevedo argues.
Language as a tool for integration
How does learning a new language as an adult differ from learning one as a child? Five professionals from around the world and different backgrounds discuss their experiences of learning German in a new home country.
Refugee camp workers learn stress management to cope with desperate situations
Palestinian social workers in Lebanon have been training with psychologists to manage the stress caused by their job. The trainees are now learning to pass their skills on.
Senior citizens need learning to facilitate their daily life
Senior citizens can no longer just rely on digital experts at their work place, but have to learn to adopt new technologies by themselves. It is the duty of society to offer systematic and professional digital training based on senior pedagogy in order to facilitate daily life, writes Pirkko Ruuskanen-Parrukoski. The text is a column written for issue 1/2020 Adult Education and Mature Learners.
Why layers of life experience matter in learning
If life is the adult learner’s living textbook, seniors are those with the most pages in their books. Experiential learning can help bring this to the forefront, argues Anita Malinen.
Senior volunteers and migrants fighting social exclusion
Both elderly people and migrants are at risk of becoming isolated in many societies. With the right training, seniors can use their life experience and help newcomers to integrate into the host country.
Media literacy and seniors – Much more than recognising fake news
A recent study found that particularly older internet users were responsible for sharing fake news online. But there’s much more to the seniors’ media literacy skills than that, as researcher Päivi Rasi reminds us.
Who could teach my grandmother to Whatsapp?
The global coronavirus outbreak has exposed how vulnerable the older generation can be in the ever-digitalising world. During self-isolation, learning digital skills is also the gateway to many other forms of learning. The text is an editorial written for issue 1/2020 Adult Education and Mature Learners.
Breaking through the barrier of digital complexity
All seniors did not familiarize with modern information and communication tools in their working lives. But now, since digital competence is strongly linked to wider well-being and autonomy, it is time for them to learn. Therefore, there is a need for low-threshold, close to home, meaningful opportunities to learn digital skills.