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Continuing Academic Education in Germany. A short overview

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1 Continuing Academic Education in Germany. A short overview
Example case: The AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Dr. Editha Marquardt Elisabeth Loeser Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

2 easier access to high quality learning
Policy recommendations of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) for older learners: easier access to high quality learning lifelong learning needs as priority for providers intergenerational learning offers for older workers health benefits – maintaining mental activity digital bridge support and financing Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

3 Expert knowledge lies in one generation
Intergenerational Dialogue Strategies Generations learn: From Each Other With Each Other About Each Other Expert knowledge lies in one generation This generation is supporting the other Expert knowledge is outside the group – lecturer or tutor Work together on joint topics often: no real exchange, work coexisting Generations as main focus of the activity Biographic-historical conditions of generations Aims at understanding of the other Mentoring Senior coaches Senior advisor for career entry Pupils teach seniors Senior study Study groups Public science Older adults tell about their life Contemporary witnesses Where Continuing Academic Education Learning from Each Other – younger lecturers – intergenerational situations With Each Other – the classical part for Senior Studies, but also learning about each other Literature: Meese 2005; Seidel/Siebert 1990 Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

4 Expert knowledge lies in one generation
Intergenerational Dialogue Strategies in the Generations learn: From Each Other With Each Other About Each Other Expert knowledge lies in one generation This generation is supporting the other Expert knowledge is outside the group – lecturer or tutor Work together on joint topics often: no real exchange, work coexisting Generations as main focus of the activity Biographic-historical conditions of generations Aims at understanding of the other Mentoring Senior coaches Senior advisor for career entry Pupil teach seniors Senior study Study groups Public science Older adults tell about their life Contemporary witnesses Continuing Academic Education at Higher Education Institutions: Guest students Programmes for senior students University of the 3rd Age What offer German universities and other HEI: Literature: Meese 2005; Seidel/Siebert 1990 Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

5 Senior Study in Germany
Student 1986, Leipzig, age 89 discussion started in 1970s 1979 first workshop topic „Opening of universities for older adults“ 1980 pilot project Dortmund University today ca. 50 Universities and other HEI offer possibilities for seniors Bundesarchiv, Bild / Grubitzsch (geb. Raphael), Waltraud / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons 1980 in Dortmund pilot project Development of study offer for seniors Photography: also in East Germany senior students Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

6 Guest Students in Germany (Winter Semester 2010/11)
Average Age of Guest Students 2000/01 – 49 years 2010/11 – 52 years Preferred Subjects Source: Statistisches Bundesamt 2011 History 4 900 Students Economics 4 500 Students Philosophy 3 600 Students Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

7 University of Third Age in Germany
international organisation targeting mainly retired members of society and aiming at education and stimulation U3A two concepts linked to a local university (France, Europe) self-help organisations (UK, Australia) Germany in Britain third age does not mean special age but period of life – after retirement started in France normally linked to a local university then in UK and common wealth – different concept of independent groups, organisations as self-help groups in continental Europe normally used the first concept Germany as well Today also Virtual University of Third Age Good examples: Frankfurt University Göttingen University Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

8 University of the Third Age at Frankfurt University
website presentation University of the Third Age was opened target group – older adults, who want to learn within an academic framework close collaboration with the working group „Gerontology“ at the department of educational sciences Questions of ageing, old age and demographic change and gerontological projects are important topics self-concept – see themselves as part of continuing academic education in cooperation with other programmes Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

9 University of the Third Age at Frankfurt University
Students Winter Semester 2013/14 Weitere statistische Angaben: Durchschnittsalter = 69 Jahre jüngste Studierende = 37 Jahre älteste Studierende = 95 Jahre jüngster Studierender = 38 Jahre ältester Studierender = 89 Jahre Source: Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

10 University of the Third Age at Frankfurt University
Number of Students Seit der Erfassung der Daten steigt die Zahl der Studierenden fast kontinuierlich. Die Angaben erfolgen nach Semestern; höhere Teilnehmerzahlen sind im Wintersemester zu verzeichnen. Source: Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

11 Other format of Continuing Academic Education
Centre for General Scientific Continuing Education, Ulm University = "Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung" (ZAWIW) continuing education with topics of social relevance traditional continuing education innovative approaches such as virtual learning projects or intergenerational activities wide scope of educational events and courses on exciting subjects to people in the third age and younger also connected to a university Project Senior- Internet- Help Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

12 Academic Association of Seniors in Germany (AVDS)
Idea: support of learning opportunities in older age Aims learning things one always wanted to know responsability in older age, voluntary work widening and sharing of knowledge 8 point programme – demands for good practice 1. Introduction – every semester 2. integrative – also for seniors and guest students 3. Open Study– without barriers like abitur 4. intergenerational – all generations together 5. Fair fees 6. Printed university calendar – Overview about Seminars and lectures 7. Closing event (end of semester) – University culture for everybody 8. University ranking – Comparison of study conditions Offer: Internet portal with courses from all German universities Seniorenstudium.de Seniorstudy guest students also BA-MA-possibilities Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, KIT

13 German Association for University Continuing and Distance Education
association including 300 institutional and personal members of HEI and Institutions of Continuing Learning members from Germany, 15 members from other countries, esp. Austria and Switzerland Member in the EUCEN (European Association for University Lifelong Learning) largest European multidisciplinary Association in University Lifelong Learning founded in 1991 registered in Belgium 95 members from 36 different countries Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

14 Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung e.V.
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. The AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung e.V. Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

15 AWWK 1985 Karlsruhe University Karlsruhe University of Education
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. 1985 Karlsruhe University Karlsruhe University of Education University of Applied Sciences AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

16 AWWK 2008 Karlsruhe University Karlsruhe University of Education
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. 2008 Karlsruhe University Karlsruhe University of Education AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

17 AWWK Organisation Karlsruhe Karlsruhe University University
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Organisation Board President: Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha Vice president: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Weigand Karlsruhe University of Education Karlsruhe University Management (0,5) AWWK Room facilities Lectures extern Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

18 1200 database registrations 2008 until today
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Facts 1985 – 2008 Ca. 20 events per year Ca. 200 participants 120 members (2008) 1200 database registrations 2008 until today Ca. 60 – 70 events/classes per year Ca. 550 class registrations 79 members 1400 database registrations 320 follower Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

19 about current developments in science
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Tasks and Orientation Inform participants about current developments in science about (new) methods of research and research results Interprete and illustrate academic / scientific results and developments with reference to specific areas of life and work Foster the dialogue between science and society  reflect ethic dimension, impact Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

20 counterbalance to specialization of knowledge/science
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Tasks and Orientation counterbalance to specialization of knowledge/science  offer classes with interdisciplinary topics  show coherence between particular areas of science and life Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

21 AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V.
Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

22 Subject areas / fields of science
AWWK – Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung Karlsruhe e.V. Subject areas / fields of science (Natural) science, engineering, botany History, philosophy, theology Literary studies, culture studies, film studies Musicology, history of art Social science, education Cooperations, excursions Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK

23 Thank you! Dr. Editha Marquardt Elisabeth Loeser
(Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, Elisabeth Loeser (AWWK Dr. Editha Marquardt, Heidelberg University, Elisabeth Loeser, AWWK


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