This project targets over 40s with broken career paths, a cohort projected to make up a third of the population in developed countries by 2025 . Therefore, the support provided through this project will have an increasing resonance.
Life Change for the better must mean encouraging innovation, imagination and creativity, taking into account contemporary thinking on sustainable well-being, health and quality of life. With a shared need to address these challenges, we will collectively design, develop and disseminate a relevant and transferable andragogy for Life Change which integrates entrepreneurial spirit with learning and citizenship in later life.
The key product is “Pointing in Your Direction”. Target groups learn, reflect and contribute within ‘Teams’ then ‘exchanges’ – a creative approach focusing on what such adults actually need.
Our aspirations are to:
shift the paradigm from negativity about the future towards finding emancipation by fresh thinking through reflection;
create new practice by bespoke life-change opportunities for adults 40+;
bring support to accessible, relevant community locations;
emphasise individual, personalised solutions as the subject for, not the object of, change;
provide both formal and informal learning;
empower to create direction not just to use services.
At the core of the process is ‘Perspective Transformation and Critical Reflection’, focusing on the personal, individual and customised with five phases:
Habitual Practice – addressing dilemmas of forced change
Trigger Event – exposing to new ideas
Transform Perspective – exploring and challenging assumptions
Emancipatory Learning – providing direction for life progression
Reflect Critically – making sense of new values
Through this project for life change:
target learners consider and make opportunities
community learning facilitators reflect critically on how to direct the process
others are able to use this methodology
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Visiting Fellow in Lifelong Learning,University of Chester
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