University launches new European adult teaching project

Posted by pt91 at Feb 11, 2013 12:18 PM |
University of Leicester leads major new European project MATURE - which will focus on learning and the ageing society

The University has launched a major new European project, which will investigate a range of factors around older adults’ learning.

Professor John Benyon, from our Institute of Lifelong Learning, is co-ordinating Making Adult Teaching Useful, Relevant and Engaging (MATURE) - a two-year-study which will look at the barriers to learning faced by older adults.

It will also seek examples of good practice in engaging hard-to-reach older adults, explore the role of supporting organisations and individuals, develop face-to-face and online training for learning providers and intermediaries.

The partners arrived in Leicester on Monday 4 February and were involved in detailed discussions on how to take the project forward, the research being undertaken, and the development of the written training programme.

Thursday 7 February saw the the MATURE partners take part in a conference on ‘Why does Learning Matter for Older Adults’, organised by LeicesterShire Learning Networks (LSLN) with participants drawn from across Leicestershire and beyond. The conference considered themes such as ‘learning and the ageing society’, ‘the benefits of learning’ and ‘what promotes active ageing?’.

MATURE is a European multilateral project funded by the European Union. The project involves partners from eight European countries including Austria, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and Switzerland as well as the United Kingdom. The UK group at the University of Leicester involves a team made up of research fellows Pauline Swanton and Jim Soulsby, and administrator Jo Leadbetter, as well as Professor John Benyon.