11 SES 07 B, Adults’ Training and Promotion of Values for Integrated Societies
The adult education research at HEIs in Latvia has been executed inside the project ,,Opening Higher Education to adults” (Dollhausen, K., Wolter, A. et al., 2013) funded by the European Commission Directorate General of Education and Culture on Developing the Adult Learning in 2012 – 2013. The project “Opening Higher Education to Adults - HEAD” aimed at a comprehensive study on factors impacting on the participation of adults in higher education (HE) and on the flexible delivery of HE programmes and learning provisions for adult learners within higher education institutions (HEIs). The overall objective of this project is to derive conclusions and recommendations for action to be taken at European, national and regional level to open higher education to adults. The country reports which are authorized by a cluster of national experts from different European countries are one important information and evidence base for the analyses in the framework of the study.
The main objective of the country report is to create an overview on adult education research conducted at HEIs which is related to flexible delivery of HE programmes and flexible learning provisions for adult learners. The analysis of existing adult education research primarily aims at identifying flexible delivery of HE programmes and flexible learning provisions which are conducive to good adult learner performance and to increase the participation of adults in HE.
The indicators of best practice had be provided by the the project “Opening Higher Education to adults” which was launched at the German Institute for Adult Education in Bonn and at Humboldt University Berlin. In the preparation phase of the project a detailed description of countries research tasks and guidance for countries survey had been made in the form of the manual for country studies; an overview on indicators for the selection of best practice examples and a glossary on relevant key terms and concepts to screen the adult education research undertaken in HEIs with regard to descriptions and analyses of good or best practice to identify examples of flexible HE programmes and learning provisions which can be considered as particularly remarkable in terms of openness, impacting good learner performance, innovativeness, transferability and sustainability and which in your view could be suitable candidates for the case study envisaged.
The country report contains information and evidence on background research at national level with regard to: 1) definitions of ‘adults’ in HE and specifications of the target group of adult learners in HE, 2) statistical data sources concerning the participation and situation of adults in HE, 3) regulatory and financial issues, so as adult education research undertaken in HEIs related to the flexible delivery of HE programs and flexible learning provisions for adult learners with regard to: 1) factors that facilitate or inhibit adult participation in HE, 2) the importance of flexible delivery of HE programmes and flexible learning, 3) provisions at HEIs to attract adult learners. And three selected examples of good practice in the area of flexible delivery of HE programmes and flexible learning provisions for adult learners are provided.
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