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Making adult teaching useful, relevant and engaging
Start date: 01 Oct 2012,

The MATURE project addresses the training needs of adult education practitioners in respect of reaching, engaging and motivating older adults who do not readily participate in learning. Our focus is on overcoming age related barriers, aggravated by additional disadvantage caused by health, dependency, cultural and/or attitudinal issues that impact negatively on participation. The project considers the role of intermediary agencies in empowering older people to take part and presents a model of learning that is collaborative within and beyond education providing for the well-being of seniors through integrated responses to learning need. The team undertakes this project as a result of a perceived and proven need to do better in reaching and motivating older people isolated from communities and locations where support and active resolution of difficulties can be sought.Drawing on good practice from within the partnership, from Europe and beyond, the project will provide content and advice for face to face teacher training; units of online CPD training for self access and a handbook for intermediary agencies working with older people . These products will be available in all partnership languages and freely accessed from the project's web site. Training is targeted at those working in formal and non-formal adult education, tested by current practitioners operating in a variety of contexts and validated by experts external to the project. The team proposes an end of project conference and post project delivery of face to face training by members of MATURE to further cascade our practical solutions to an intransigent problem.Our project seeks to move forward from the acknowledgement of an issue (relatively small numbers of older adults engage with learning) to real strategies for teachers to apply to solve it. A change in practice is demanded and will be more effectively achieved in the furnishing of tools and methods to make it happen.
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