Maths Education for Adult Learners

OBJECTIVES: The project aims at improving the skills of adult education professionals, staff members of the Graceland Foundation, in running maths education programs.

ACTIVITIES: The project involves 12 mobilities including an intensive English course in Ireland/Great Britain, followed by a training program in Norway: “How to provide maths education for adult learners”.

The training will include the following: importance of maths education, use of mathematics in everyday life, carrying out the needs analysis, teaching mathematics as part of a comprehensive training program for adult learners, establishing a training plan, defining learning outcomes, selecting trainers/teachers, evaluating the program, information and promotion activities, cooperation with other adult education organizations, teaching maths to people of migrant origin, financing the program, etc. The program will also include a visit to maths classes run by the hosting organization as part of their educational offer for adult learners. The training will be delivered by an adult education institution in Norway, where the implementation of non-formal education programs for adults has a long tradition and can serve as a great example of good practice.

The training will be preceded by an intensive 30-hour English course in an English-speaking country. Staying abroad requires communication in everyday situations which is much more effective than in-country courses. It as also an important motivational factor for our staff who have not participated in foreign training so far. Opportunity to learn in an international, multicultural group has also a direct impact on acquiring intercultural competences, which is particularly important in the view of other statutory activities carried out by our organization (helping people of migrant origin). PARTICIPANTS: The target group involves 6 staff members/volunteers of the Graceland Foundation, who also work for other institutions involved in adult education, such as the University of the Third Age in Rybnik and Club of Active Women in Marklowice. This will facilitate the dissemination and ensure further multiplication of knowledge, including in small towns (Rybnik) and rural areas (Marklowice).

The competences and experience acquired by the participating staff will be used to develop and implement new maths education programs for adults, namely:
– a series of classes “Maths in everyday life” aimed at improving accounting skills, developing logical-mathematical thinking, shaping combinatorial reasoning, using mathematical knowledge to solve problems, etc.
– “Maths café” – maths education through games (quizzes, games, memory tasks etc., aimed at improving memory and maintaining mental sharpness)