Adult education: the person’s cultural and professional heritage and timetable for education to be held. Map, with a template for the weekly timetable of the lessons to be downloaded

The reinforcement of the person’s cultural and professional heritage, starting from the reconstruction of his individual history, represents the innovative figure of the new adult education system in accordance with national policies for lifelong learning. To this end, many schools ensure that the education and training courses for adults are organized in such a way as to allow the personalization of the course on the basis of an individual training agreement (PFI), defined according to the recognition of formal and informal knowledge and skills and non- formal owned by adults.

To concretely implement the adaptation of the paths, the following tools and procedures should be considered:

  • reception, orientation and registration activities;
  • the procedure for recognition of credits;
  • specific measures of frequency and FAD;
  • the preparation and drawing of the PFI.

PFI (Individualized Training Plan) represents a shared contract

The PFI (Individualized Training Plan) represents a contract that is shared and signed by the adult and the head of the school and educational institution. With this document, at the end of the credit recognition procedure, the personal study path regarding the education period is formalized on the path requested by the adult at the time of enrollment.

What does PFI contain?

According to the rules of the “Lorenzo Guetti” Institute of Tione di Trento, the PFI contains the following minimum elements:

  • the adult’s personal data;
  • the level, the didactic period and the field of study it refers to;
  • the disciplines envisaged in the study plan;
  • the credits recognized with the relative grades and hours;
  • the welcome activities in which the adult participated, in relation to the various disciplines;
  • any activities where it is foreseen that you can participate in remotely (FAD);
  • the didactic activities in which the student must participate in order to complete the course of study relating to the relevant didactic period.

The hours recognized as credit and those completed as part of the reception activities

In relation to the educational activities to be participated in, we read in the information from the “Lorenzo Guetti” institute in Tione di Trento, which is excellently directed by Dr. Alessandro Fabris, a true example of management skills given to the success of the school, the relative value is obtained by subtracting the number of hours foreseen for each discipline in the study plans, the hours recognized as credit and the hours performed in connection with reception activities; the latter cannot exceed the maximum limit of 10% of the total number of hours.

Reception activities

These activities are carried out, each for their own skills, by the secretariat and by appropriately identified teachers. According to the information from the institutional website of the “Lorenzo Guetti” Institute in Tione di Trento, the reception activities must first of all provide the adult with the necessary information about the required school path; in addition, they must give the school the opportunity to acquire the person’s reference data and the main elements of the school and work path. After this first contact, the welcoming teacher will invite the student to a subsequent more structured conversation in order to:

  • listen to the student’s expectations and educational needs;
  • present in more detail the study path requested by the adult and verify his/her motivation;
  • reconstruct, with the student, the picture of previous school and training experiences to identify formal merits;
  • help the student identify any skills acquired in non-formal and informal settings;
  • clarify aspects of the personal situation that may affect frequency and study activity;
  • hypothesize the didactic period of insertion and performance of any tests to determine skills.

Encourage the student’s reintegration into school

As part of the reception and orientation activities, other efforts can be thought of that aim to favor the student’s reintegration into school. The reception and orientation activities are, as a whole, preparatory and functional for the formalization of the certification proposal for credit approval and for the preparation of the PFI proposal by the referring teacher. The adult’s participation in the reception and orientation activities can be recognized within the PFI, up to a maximum of 10% of the number of hours set for the relevant path and training period and therefore contributes to the definition of the personal number of hours that the adult must participate .

Criteria for recognition of merit

The recognizable credits we read in the information from the “Lorenzo Guetti” Institute in Tione di Trento, brilliantly directed by Dr. Alessandro Fabris, refers to the skills acquired by the adult and can refer to formal, informal and non-formal learning contexts. Pursuant to Section 2, of Provincial Law No. 10 – Discipline for the Promotion of Lifelong Learning and Certification of Skills – we believe:

  • To formal learningthe one that “takes place in the education and vocational training system, in universities and institutions of higher artistic, musical and dance training, and which ends in the achievement of a degree or a qualification or a professional diploma also obtained in apprenticeship, or a certification recognized in accordance with current legislation on school and university systems “;
  • To non-formal learning“It characterized by a conscious choice of the person that takes place outside the formal systems, in any organism that pursues educational and training purposes, including voluntary work, the national civil service and the private social sector and in companies”;
  • To informal learning“That which, even apart from a conscious choice, takes place in the performance, by each person, of activities in the situations of everyday life and in the interaction that takes place in it, within the framework of work, family and leisure; self-study study that aims to increase the sense of competence and participation in active life, is also part of informal learning.”

It would be useful to set up a commission for the recognition of merit and the school schedule

The procedure for the recognition of merit and the design of the PFI should be presented by a specific commission, set up in each school and appointed by the head of school.

Attached is a model of the school schedule already tested by the “Lorenzo Guetti” Institute in Tione di Trento.

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