ADULT EDUCATION

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Academic year
2018/2019
Teacher
ELENA MARESCOTTI
Credits
12
Didactic period
Primo Semestre
SSD
M-PED/01

Training objectives

1) Knowledge and understanding about the following topics: key-concepts of adult education (continuing education, lifelong learning, adulthood, responsibilities of adults etc.); main steps of historical evolution of adult education, in terms of ideas, training policies, formal, informal and non-formal practices; current national and international scientific debate concerning the issues addressed;
2) Applying knowledge and understanding about the following skills: extension of theory of Educational Science and of its research subject; tools for the identification, interpretation and planning, in educational perspective, of training activities in adulthood; critical conceptualization of identity of adult as a complex and developmental identity; recognition of professional contexts for adult education (CPIA, public and private institutions, centers and services, associations etc.);
3) Making judgments about the following activities: analysis of various sources (literature, laws, periodicals, films, television programs, websites etc.) where critically recognizing concepts, trends, social representations of adult identity and of educational processes and training;
4) Communication skills about the following skills: using specialist lexicon of adult education; using logic argumentation of contents; precise and comprehensive reference to information sources; explication of the historical-cultural context of authors and subjects;
5) Learning skills about the following fields: disciplinary interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to subjects of knowledge; methodological rigour in using and making information; autonomous research of documentary sources; orientation and identification of reference points in the subject field; recognition of training, self-training and continuing training settings.

Prerequisites

The basic prerequisites consist of general knowledge of theory and history of education; if they are lacking or incomplete, they will be acquired and/or consolidated partially during the class.

Course programme

The class addresses the crucial issues of the Adult education field. They concern the meaning of education in adulthood, its epistemological basis, its fundamental concepts, its purposes and, together with these aspects, some burning issues in the current historical period: they are real "challenges" involving - educationally speaking - the connection between school and social educational context, the world of work, the management of the spare time, the old age, the relationship between adulthood and disability, the ecological problem, the multicultural society, the culture of legality and so on. In this perspective, deepen the contemporary adult identity, the notion of "adultescenza", the theme of "crisis" and the "sense of responsibility" of the adult. In this perspective, the class explores the identity of the contemporary adult, the notion of "adultescentness", the theme of "crisis" and the "sense of responsibility" of the adult. The conceptual framework and the specific lexicon of this field of research and educational practice are very important, together with a historical and theoretical overview of education in adulthood (by periods and/or scholars and paradigmatic writings, from ancient times to today), which taking into consideration also significant legislative measures at national and international level. In this overview, it is expected the study of theories and of practical proposals by E.C. Lindeman (1885-1953), considered the "father" of adult education in the United States, and an analysis of his essay The Meaning of Adult Education (1926) that, even today, presents relevant and current aspects.

Didactic methods

The contents will be exposed by lectures, integrated with: a) supporting slides that summarize, exemplify and organize the discussed topics; b) presentation and critical analysis of documents (laws, essays and articles, video etc.); c) conferences-debates by scholars, experts and educators in the field of adult education. Every documents used during the lectures (slides and texts) will be available on the professor website and they will can be downloaded by students in pdf format. The lectures will not be audioregistrate. There is a programme distinction for attending and non-attending students, such as to equalize the didactic task. The attendance of lectures in the classroom is not compulsory; however, attendance is strongly recommended for explanation, understanding, deepening, enlargement and comparison, which is useful and important.

Learning assessment procedures

The exam consists in a written test (in classroom), it is composed of 8 essay questions. The exam can be taken only and exclusively on the occasion of the official period of examination, after regular online registration. Additional exam sessions and oral examinations will not be set for supplementing or replacing the written test. During the exam, the use of phones, computers, tablets or other devices is strictly forbidden, as well as the consultation of notes and texts and communication between students, shall be invalid (immediate interruption of the test and its insufficient evaluation). During the test, any device owned by students must be kept off. It is not allowed to absent momentarily from the classroom during the test. The time for the test is two hours. Each response is assigned a maximum of 10 or 20 lines, depending on the degree of depth required. For each of the answers, a grade expressed in thirtieths is assigned. The test is passed if the grade reached is equal to or greater than 18/30. The evaluation takes into account the following aspects: correctness and completeness of the content; arguing correctness; spelling, grammatical and syntactic correctness. The evaluation is made known to students through specific online procedures. Alternative ways of examination will only be provided in the cases reported by the "Disability and DSA Service" of the University, on the basis of an agreement between the Service, the student and the teacher.

Reference texts

The syllabus consists of this list of books:

a) attending students:

- E. Marescotti, Educazione degli adulti. Identità e sfide, Milano, Unicopli, 2012
- E. Marescotti, Il significato dell’educazione degli adulti di Eduard C. Lindeman. Un classico dalle molteplici sfaccettature, Roma, Anicia, 2013
- E. Marescotti (a cura di), Ai confini dell’educazione degli adulti. I limiti, le possibilità, le sfide, Milano, Mimesis, 2015
- Slides and learning materials.

b) non-attending students:
- E. Marescotti, Educazione degli adulti. Identità e sfide, Milano, Unicopli, 2012
- E. Marescotti, Il significato dell’educazione degli adulti di Eduard C. Lindeman. Un classico dalle molteplici sfaccettature, Roma, Anicia, 2013
- E. Marescotti (a cura di), Ai confini dell’educazione degli adulti. I limiti, le possibilità, le sfide, Milano, Mimesis, 2015
- M. Cornacchia, Le humanities in azienda. Per una via umanistica alla formazione, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2018.

By resolution of the Academic Board of the university course of "Philosophical and Educational Sciences" in Jenuary 26, 2016, the syllabus of the academic year 2018/2019 is valid from the examination session in January/February 2019 until the examination session in January/February 2020.