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Required Competencies - challenges for becoming and being an adult educator in Estonia

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Presentation by Larissa Jögi, Head of andragogy studies at Tallinn University, Estonia. Lund September 2017.

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Required Competencies - challenges for becoming and being an adult educator in Estonia

  1. 1. Required Competencies – challenges for becoming and being adult educator in Estonia Larissa Jõgi Tallinn University Estonia
  2. 2. Oliver, adult educator As an adult educator I value learning. I see people as special, I respect them and value every moment as it is the first and last that we are together. My values are with me everyday and I express it in my activities, behavior and everyday routine.
  3. 3. BENEFITS What are the benefits for the adult learners? What are the benefits for adult educators? What benefits for adult education ?
  4. 4. European context • Various European projects have been dealing with the issues of professional development of adult educator’s and (core) competencies of adult educators. • They vary in scope and focus and are therefore not directly comparable.
  5. 5. Generic competencies /ALPINE project (2011) BEING
  6. 6. Specific competencies relating to learning process/ALPINE (2011) BEING
  7. 7. Standardisation ...is viewed as an attack on liberal education and on the idea of humanistic value of adult education” Holford, Ridell, Weedom 2008
  8. 8. Estonian Context • the profession of adult educator as an qualification (V, VI, VII, VIII levels) has been recognized and regulated by the Professional Qualification Standard from 2004
  9. 9. Why studies at university? • Current practice needs improving and developing • Non-satisfaction with the current experience • Needs for theoretical knowledge about society, education, adult learner, learning and teaching adults • Hope for self-development and opportunities;
  10. 10. Learning for becoming The actual knowledge they learn through studies is: • self-confidence • understandings and procedural knowledge about adult learning and teaching • the need to support each others • the need to reflect professional practice.
  11. 11. Professional standard - ADULT EDUCATOR V, VI, VII, VIII (2011) The adult educator’s qualification could be applied by a person of any profession or vocation, who teaches adults. Professional and Assesment Standard approved by National Professional Council of Education
  12. 12. Becoming adult educators in Estonia (Jõgi & Gross 2009, Jõgi & Karu 2015) Becoming an adult educator in Estonia is more a case of using possibilities and suppositions than a conscious and planned process. The professional choices and the shaping of the professional identity have been influenced by personal life and by changes in Estonian society.
  13. 13. What kind of career path do adult educators have? There is no clear pattern in adult educators’ career paths, it is heterogeneous. Educators’ initial education, professional experience and career development is unique and atypical.
  14. 14. Learning for becoming • Working and learning experience was forming in the field of practice and has lack of opportunities to reflect and understand own learning and self-development and professional practice; • Professional experiences and studies in/with group have influenced understandings – of the self as an learner – of the self as an adult educator – about adult learning and teaching and give more self-assurence.
  15. 15. Professional qualification system 2011- 2017 V – 139 adult educators VI– 221 adult educators VII – 68 adult educators VII – 10 adult educators 438 adult educators with professional qualification
  16. 16. The concept of the qualification framework for adult learning facilitators is structured on 5 competences areas/ domains • Preparation of the learning process • Conduct of the learning process • Analysis and evaluation of the learning process • Development, creative and research work • Professional self-development
  17. 17. Riina, adult educator An educator is not like a captain of a ship nowadays – the only one who knows where is going and why... Adult educator ....is rather more a guide of travelers, who knows the landscape and abilities of his/her travel-mates, who is able to support learners in personal decisions and choices to assure successful arrival at the destination-point....

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