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Lifelong learning for adults

Experiences and practices

Anna Millione e Tiziana Tesauro edited the volume published in the series "Social theory and research" published by Altravista Editions entitled "Lifelong Adult Learning, Experiences and Practices”

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According to the results of Piaac - the OECD Program for the assessment of the skills of the adult population - in Italy 27,9% of the population between 16 and 65 lacks the so-called literacy, which allow you to easily read a text on familiar topics and locate specific information. The same Program shows how, in our country, less than one adult person out of four participates in training activities - 24% compared to the OECD average of 52% - and it is almost always a population already employed who undertakes these courses to improve your professional position.

It is important to look at these data in the light of the reflections that in recent years have concerned the concepts of competence and the regulatory evolutions - European and national - which have underlined the importance of lifelong learning as a tool for promoting personal development, inclusion society and active citizenship.

But how does the discourse on lifelong learning translate into practice and which infrastructural conditions favor the emergence of such practices?

The proposal of “The lifelong learning of adults. Experiences and practices” – volume edited by Anna Milione and Tiziana Tesauro, and published by Altravista.

After a survey of the European legislative framework and the theoretical framework on lifelong learning and human development, the IRPPS researchers propose six experiences related to different fields of activity - adult education, continuing professional training, university training and digital school and university - of which they describe "the interactions between people, objects, technologies, artefacts and infrastructures".

Given the breadth of points of view and experiences reported, the volume can be a valid tool in various disciplinary and organizational fields.

Continuing professional training

Unconventional training experiences aimed at professionals can aim at different objectives.

Barbara Pentimalli talks about the training meetings that involved healthcare middle managers, carried out with the mediation of a tutor and through the sociological tools of action research, and aimed at developing skills to understand and trigger changes in their own work context.

The chapter by Tiziana Tesauro concerns the experience with care professionals in the broadest sense (medical, nursing and social assistance personnel), which describes the use of theatrical practice aimed at developing processes of reflexivity: subjects who act as if they actually find themselves in a given situation they develop skills which they can then transfer into practice.

University education

The theoretical background linking theater and education is developed in the chapter by Francesco Cappa, in which the practice, born in an academic context, of the pedagogically oriented theater laboratory and its interweaving with the approach to the methodology of training and education of adults.

Adult education

The case study presented by Anna Milione on the territorial network of the CPIA (Centre for Adult Education) of Salerno documents the growth in the demand for education of users with a migration background and explores the institutional responses - often fragile - put in place to respond to these needs.

Digital education

The chapters by Paolo Landri and Marialuisa Villani investigate the educational scenario of 2020 which, following the pandemic emergency from Covid 19, is characterized by the increase in distance learning both in school and university contexts and in the workplace. Although the pandemic has produced an acceleration of digital in the educational field, it is difficult to predict what the effects will be on the morphology of educational organizations.

Curated by Monia Torre with the scientific contribution of Anna Millione.


"In contemporary society, lifelong learning has assumed a crucial function in the construction of individual biographies, not only for professional updating and requalification, but also for promoting personal development, social inclusion and active citizenship. The extension of learning modalities from contexts formal to those not formal,a definition of key competencies, the complexification of the concept of literacy prefigures a plurality of actors, places and educational contexts.
But how does lifelong learning translate into practice? Through what experiences? To what extent these experiences? To what extent can these experiences be transferable? What are the infrastructural conditions that favor the development of lifelong learning practices?

The volume tries to give answers to these questions by documenting some practical experiences in different contexts (school, university, social and health)"

Contributors to the volume: Anna Millione, Barbara Pentimalli, Tiziana Tesauro, Francesco Cappa, Paolo Landri e Marialuisa Villani

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PNRR Calls - IRPPS hires

To contribute to the Fostering Open Social Science Research (FOSSR) project, the Institute opened 7 fixed-term positions aimed at various professional figures, specialized in data science, computer science and statistics, but also communication, social sciences and design.

IRPPS is an interdisciplinary research institute thath carries out studies on social, demographic and migratory issues; welfare systems; social policies; social technologies; education and the relation between science and society.
IRPPS research personnel counts about 40 full or part-time researchers, 30 associated researchers, and 20 post-doc researchers.

FFOSSR aims to develop Open Science in the Italian context with the goal of creating a framework of tools and services for the social science scholar community involving the research infrastructures in social sciences coordinated by CNR: CESSDA, SHARE, RISIS.
The framework will provide a single point of access to all the tools and services of the Italian Open Science Cloud, along the lines of the European Open Science Cloud project. Open Science Cloud

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We must draw a different future!

Insights from the frontline anti-violence work during the pandemic in Italy

Pietro Demurtas e Caterina Peroni have published in the Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies “Participation and Conflict” an article entitled “We must draw a different future! Insights from the front line anti-violence work during the pandemic in Italy"

“In this article we analyze the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Italian anti-violence
system, through the eyes of the practitioners of anti-violence centers, who are historically at the forefront
in supporting women survivors of male violence. Their perspective is particularly relevant because, in Italy,
anti-violence centers hold a “borderline” position, which lies between the political role of transformation and
that of an actor of the private social provider of an 'essential' public service. On the basis of international
recommendations, our analysis distinguishes two main areas of intervention on which national policies have
been called to intervene: on one side, the protection of women victims of violence, and on the other their
empowerment. Analyzing either official statistics and data collected through an online survey addressed to
the practitioners of anti-violence centers during the lockdown, we highlight strengths and weaknesses of
the policy measures implemented in Italy from their situated perspective, with reference both to the
protection and the empowerment of survivors.”

The article is published in mode Open, freely available and downloadable

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Storying Life Courses for Intersectional Inclusion

Ethnicity and Wellbeing Across Time and Place

26 January 2023

Starting at 11: 30 13 to: 00

Europe room, 2nd floor
Via Palestro, 32 – Rome

the prof Majella Kilkey will be with us to present the project: Storying Life Courses for Intersectional Inclusion: Ethnicity and Wellbeing Across Time and Place.

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Flipped Conference

23 January 2023
9 pm: 00 13 to: 00

CNR Conference Room
Via dei Marrucini

This time researchers will listen to the very young!!

Our Good Star, project funded bysocial enterprise With the Childreni, concludes with the reflections of boys and girls on educational poverty and the educating community.

With different tools (PPT, videos, songs, interviews with project partners) twenty students will be junior researchers speaking to the audience made up of researchers, representatives of third sector bodies and local bodies.

We are waiting for you at 9:00 at the CNR Headquarters Aula Convegni!

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Degrowth – The perfect storm

Simone Alliva of the magazine L'Espresso interviewed Corrado Bonifazi a proposal of the demographic crisis that characterizes our country.

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HINe study day

27 January - Study day on the f-HINe model

organized by IRPPS in collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome, "Federico II" University of Naples, Monastery Foundation, SIPeM – Italian Society of Medical Pedagogy, Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging, Ibb-Cnr
HIN (Health Issue Network) it is a method that facilitates clinical reasoning and improves the training of students and professionals in the health sector in a one health vision. f-HINe is a graphic language that allows you to describe a clinical history.
The day is aimed at all professionals in the world of health who deal with territorial assistance. The goal is to illustrate the f-HINe model in its various aspects, in order to allow you to draw f-HINe diagrams of your own clinical histories.

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The paradoxical relationship between sport, education and social integration

A myth to dispel

Antonio Tintori e Loredana Cerbara published an article titled "The paradoxical relationship between sport, education and social integration. A myth to dispel“, on no. 4 of the magazine Gnosis, Italian intelligence magazine, Year XXVIII.

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Bullshit … live

With Daniele Archibugi live on Slams to talk about the Tips, tricks and spells for apprentice scholars together with Julia Bonelli e Andrew Capocci.

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