Frequently asked questions

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On this page you will find a list of frequently asked questions received by the MATURE team during the course of its work. The answers are designed to give you a better understanding of the project as a whole and of particular or unusual aspects of it.

  1. Why is MATURE necessary?

    The MATURE project arises from the team’s concern about the practical challenges of implementing learning that can claim to be for non-participant, disadvantaged older people. Statistics prove that adult education consistently fails to engage significant numbers of seniors. Anecdotal evidence proves our hypothesis that non-engagement can have a detrimental effect on proactive longevity. Previous work has developed our understanding of the impact of issues such as health, dependency, culture, ethnicity and attitude on the lives of older adults and their willingness or otherwise to participate generally. We are aware that there is insufficient advice about how to address and overcome such barriers within educational contexts; adult learning remains within the grasp of those with the skills to access and cope with it, not those who may benefit the most from it.

  2. Have there been other projects offering support for teachers of older adults?

    Members of the MATURE team have taken part in three other Lifelong Learning Programme projects funded through the Grundtvig strand.

    • The LENA project (www.bia-net.org/lena) focussed on different ways of creating curricula and course content for older people demonstrating how to develop curricula with end users, not for them, to create learning that closely matches the needs of older adults. The LENA guide illustrates the impact in classrooms and on teaching of placing the learner at the centre of all aspects of planning and delivery and suggests strategies and resources for coping.
    • The LARA project (www.laraproject.net) proposed a new paradigm of competences for ageing illustrating how learning must evolve to address a major social agenda. The LARA training package is for group leaders, teachers and trainers to enable them to tailor delivery and content towards skills that support individual independence and success throughout life.
    •  The EuBia project (www.bia-net.org/EuBiA) resulted in a guide ‘Getting Older People Involved in Learning’ that demonstrates the benefits of networking in the achievement of teaching and learning for older adults. The guide delivers a detailed account of learning, advocacy and empowerment for older adults; of the benefits of learning within ageing societies; of the profile of older learners including obstacles and barriers they may face in accessing learning.

    Go to: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/results_projects/project_compendia_en.php for information about other Grundtvig sponsored projects. Among them you will find examples of work on later life learning and on supporting teachers in adult education.

  3. What can MATURE do for me?

MATURE provides a significant body of information, ideas and advice on the theme of widening participation in adult learning groups from among the hardest-to-reach seniors. You can access all this information for FREE from the MATURE website by clicking on the links below:

In addition the MATURE website gives an insight into European project work, how it evolves from initial proposal to successful implementation and outcomes. look here for a snapshot of project activity:

Finally you can ‘have your say’ about later-life learning matters by leaving a comment on the relevant pages: