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EduSenior: Evaluation toolkit on seniors’ education to improve their quality of life

EduSenior: Evaluation toolkit on seniors’ education to improve their quality of life

The project “EduSenior – Evaluation toolkit on seniors’ education to improve their quality of life" aims to improve the quality of the services offered by educational institutions providing courses and activities for senior learners (retired from labour market, usually 65+). The project has developed a Guide and an Evaluation toolkit that can be useful for educational institutions, but also to innovate in the field of education for seniors, in order to improve the quality of the education offered to senior citizens.

The project outcomes are addressed at teachers, trainers, tutors, facilitators, staff, technicians, managers and decision makers who want to know more about the quality of life (QoL)-education relationship among senior citizens. They are directly aimed at those people who want to set up an education programme for senior citizens.

The project objectives cover:

  • To offer a scientific framework for the relationship between education and QoL amongst the elderly, on how educational activities can increase senior citizens' QoL and how this educational activity can be assessed
  • To increase the skills of staff, specialists and teachers working in education for senior citizens by providing a useful guide with theoretical and also practical concepts, together with an evaluation tool based on quality indicators providing recommendations
  • To have a positive impact on seniors' lives through education, by increasing the quality of activities offered by educational institutions working with seniors

Year(s): 2011-2014

Target group(s): Teachers, trainers, tutors, facilitators, staff, technicians, managers and decision makers working with senior citizens ; Senior citizens (65+) who will benefit from the improved quality of the education offered by educational institutions

Website or other online channels: http://www.edusenior.eu/

Methodology

The activities of the project included:

  • Research into senior citizens in the European social context, their requirements, needs and risks
  • Analysis of the relationship between education and quality of life and the potential of education to impact seniors’ quality of life
  • Development of an evaluation toolkit that can be used by educational institutions, not only to improve the educational process for elderly learners but also as a method of accreditation
  • Development of a guide that can be used to learn more about pedagogy for senior learners with practical examples and best practices

Type of product

Online resource

Brief description of the outcomes

Guide “Education and quality of life among senior citizens“:

The Guide helps institution staff to increase their knowledge and competences, introducing and linking concepts of QoL, ageing, social context, educational models, pedagogy, contents and trainers, but also reporting experiences and good practices that can be incorporated by any institution.

The Guide has seven main chapters which begin with a theoretical perspective and move on to a more practical approach. The first three chapters establish the background needed to understand QoL, and also the needs and potentialities of the elderly. These chapters set out to provide information about why this topic is important and what we should focus on:

  • Quality of Life
  • Ageing
  • Social context

Following this background on the requirements of the elderly and the aims and targets of the educational action, the next four chapters offer information about how the educational activity should be provided and the skills and competences of the staff that provides it.

  • Models
  • Pedagogy
  • Content
  • Staff, trainers

Each chapter introduces the main topic, and also includes local context and experiences.

The Guide is available in English and in Spanish, Bulgarian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Polish and Hungarian.

In English: http://www.edusenior.eu/data/outcomes/wp5/EduSenior-guide.pdf

 

Evaluation toolkit for educational institutions

A practical evaluation toolkit designed to assess an educational process by identifying areas for improvement and making recommendations. The evaluation toolkit provides 38 quality indicators in 7 educational dimensions (premises, management, models, pedagogy, courses, activities, staff) and in 7 QoL dimensions (physical well-being, psychological wellbeing, control, participation, integration, personal fulfilment and personal growth). Each indicator is linked to the above dimensions to offer a scale of requirements that an educational action should meet to increase its impact on seniors' QoL, which can be useful for accreditation. These indicators also offer advice and are linked to the theoretical concepts and practical experiences of the Guide.

The Evaluation toolkit is available in English and in Spanish, Bulgarian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Polish and Hungarian.

In English: http://www.edusenior.eu/data/outcomes/wp5/EduSenior-toolkit.pdf

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The motivation and interests of senior citizens to continue learning are mainly personal. They are not driven by professional needs or labour market qualification requirements. These personal aims can be seen from the quality of life perspective, where education increases well-being, integration and participation of the elderly in today's society.

Institutions working with senior learners therefore face the challenge of providing a socio-educational intervention for senior learners whose requirements, needs and motivations are different from those of other adults, and they must take into consideration specific pedagogy, courses and staff qualifications.

The impact of the project is thus focused on:

  • Upskilling institution staff to impact on senior citizens
  • Providing a better quality of life for seniors, increasing their well-being, perceived control and integration
  • Contributing to a society with more active and participative senior citizens

Promoter of the initiative: Universitat Jaume I - Universitat per a Majors (ES) – coordinator ; Assist Net EOOD – Bulgarian partner

Country: Bulgaria Finland Hungary Italy Latvia Poland Spain

Languages available: Bulgarian English Finnish Hungarian Italian Latvian Polish Spanish

Website or other online channels: http://mayores.uji.es/

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