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What the Project is about

This project intends to undertake excursions into the society we live in. Those who react to social change - as adult education does - should do it using suitable descriptive models. The individual European citizen cannot rely on being guided by as many norms and traditions anymore as he could twenty years ago.

The variants of the individual person’s future life created by any biographical decision made are becoming more and more numerous. Identity has to be “cobbled together”; life is becoming a bricolage, a cut ‘n’ paste of experiences. In this process the requirements of modern society collide with those of an industrial and service society displaying more and more complexity. Modern society requires the individual person to self-actualise. Industrial society demands flexibility for the job market. Rural structures still call for adaptation to tradition.

The project will develop a complex network, in which the guiding questions of education, work, nature, family, regionalism, being a stranger, and lifestyle will be interwoven and related to one another. Eight partners from seven different countries will discuss the transformations in everyday life, new developments in the adult education landscape, and the cultural implications of social change.

Social, cultural and political phenomena of our time will be revealed and explained, analysed and discussed. From a critical perspective, informed by the interdisciplinary approach of cultural studies, new questions will be raised and sometimes answered; provocative theses will be proposed and debated. A web-based handbook will assemble the produced documents. The ideas, questions, methods and results will constantly cross national boundaries.

The changes in society are huge and there is a need of a respond to them from adult education. This project intends to undertake excursions into the society we live in. Those who react to social change - as adult education does - should do it using suitable descriptive models. The individual European citizen cannot rely on being guided by as many norms and traditions anymore as he could twenty years ago.

The main common concern of all partners will be to consider constructive and creative learning options in European social change and to create a strategic approach plan how good learning and motivational conditions for disadvantaged learners concerning formal, non-formal and informal learning can be created. The desired effect is to improve skills and competences for the development of innovative educational concepts and learning conditions in civic education. The organisations participating in the learning partnership want to make useful the impact of the change of identities on civilisation and on socialisation of the population within the European context. Insights in region specific tradition will be made usable and meaningful for the participating institutions.

 

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