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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP3049984, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2089, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADULT EDUCATION
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in MANAGEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND LIFE LONG EDUCATION

Teacher in charge CHIARA BIASIN M-PED/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Optional M-PED/01 General and Social Pedagogy 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BIASIN CHIARA (Presidente)
PADOVANI RENATO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Social Education and Pedagogy
Target skills and knowledge: The course focus is on adult education and learning. Adult development and learning principles and models are discussed in the context of designing strategies, processes and programs in order to give the student tools to be able to:

1. understand and appreciate the link between education, training and learning;
2 understand how/why adults learn (adult learner profile and differences);
3.identify obstacles and barriers to adult learning;
4.facilitate and support adult learning and education in a variety of settings;
5.investigate the different adult learning theories (Andragogy, Self-directed Learning, Critical Theory, Transformative Learning, Narrative Learning)
6. design more effective training using these models;
Examination methods: (Attending students and Non-attending students):
Written exam
5 open-endend questions - 100 minutes.

The distribution of the total score 30/30 will be as follows:
Written exam = 2/3 of the final grade
(3) Online assignments = 1/3 of the final grade

During the first class lesson, course description, course learning objectives, required books will be presented. Students are expected to attend all class sessions.
Texts or resources available on moodle web platform will support online assignments.
Assessment criteria: Assessment Criteria - Written exam
1) quality of responses providing a level of detail demonstrating knowledge, understanding of the materials/questions developed ;
2) relevance in the references;
3) analytical skills;
4) ability of synthesizing the contents;
5) critical problematization.

Assessment Criteria - Online activity
1) quality and conceptual clarity of responses;
2) analysis and synthesizing skills;
3) reflective and critical ability.
Course unit contents: Topics:
1. The adult learner: "a neglected species"
2. How/why adults learn
3. Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning
4. Learning in Adulthood: Adult Education Theories/Models (Andragogy, Self-directed Learning, Critical Theory; Transformative Learning, Biographical and Narrative Learning).
5. Learning in practice: How adults learn in context (Workplace Learning)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Interactive Lectures
Class Discussions
Self-directed Studies
Group work
Case studies
Online activities
Additional notes about suggested reading: Other course materials will be available online and according to the interest of the students.
A co-teaching module (10 hours) will be held in English; the aim is: how adults learn in professional situations (Workplace learning)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mezirow J., La teoria dell'apprendimento trasformativo. Imparare a pensare come un adulto. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Knowles M. Holton E. F., Swanson R. A., Quando l’adulto impara. Andragogia e sviluppo della persona. Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2013. (ultima edizione) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Moon J. A., Esperienza, riflessione, apprendimento. Manuale per una formazione innovativa. Roma: Carocci, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
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