Good practices

Critical thinking for seniors

Many seniors do not use Internet mostly because do not have technical skills and competences. It is difficult for this target group to use all opportunities and advantages of 21st century. They need assistant and consultants who can teach in proper way. But even those who use Internet have problems with understanding what they read, watch and listen. It is very important to teach/train seniors in critical thinking, so they can analyse texts and video. 

To teach/train seniors, it is very important to have educated staff/educators who know specific of adult education.Extending and developing the competences of educators and other personnel who support adult learners is one of priorities of Erasmus+ Programme and also of this project. 

Year(s): 2019 - 2021

Target group(s): Seniors–adult learners, including learners of various literacy levels and educational backgrounds. Special target group are women in age 50+

Website or other online channels: https://azizekahramanhem.meb.k12.tr

Methodology

 The partnership;

• exchanged good practices about aging and critical thinking that couldn't be transferred to various contexts of adult education; 
• gave staff members/educators the ability to build knowledge, skills and attitude based on critical thinking; 
• supported the professional development of those who worked in education and training; 
• promoted non-formal learning and cooperation in the field of adult education in EU countries. 

Type of product

Video clips / Films Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

- Toolkit with methodological and pedagogical materials for educators; 
- video about the training; 
- promotional materials (project logo, leaflet, information for social media-Facebook page, etc.). 

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The impact of the project first of all was seen on people. Participants directly involved in the project activities reinforced professional skills in adult education with focus on critical thinking. Thus, they improved the quality of their teaching/training adult learners with whom they interact. They also improved their digital/ICT/computing and linguistic skills, media literacy skills, increasing their ability to work in international settings. Adult learners as final beneficiaries learned how to read/listen/watch with critical eye, how to analyse and check credibility of information, its sources, authors and distributors. They developed their ICT skills and learned how to work with modern gadgets and search information in the Internet. They improved soft skills (communication with each other, intergeneration communication, teambuilding, etc.). They learned about Erasmus+ Programme opportunities and possibilities for international cooperation. As a result, adult learners were more self-confident and prepared for challenges of 21st century.

Promoter of the initiative: Muratpaşa Azize Kahraman Halk Eğitimi Merkezi

Country: Turkey

Languages available: English Turkish

Website or other online channels: https://azizekahramanhem.meb.k12.tr/icerikler/critical-thinking-for-seniors_11795676.html

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