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Lifelong learning of adults for sustainable development and digital breakthrough

Research activity

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5.01.00  Social sciences  Educational studies   

Code Science Field
5.03  Social Sciences  Educational sciences 
Lifelong learning, adult education, literacy, digital literacy, vulnerable groups, digital breakthrough, sustainable development.
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18940  PhD Polona Domadenik Muren  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  430 
2.  28766  PhD Valentina Franca  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  612 
3.  28938  PhD Petra Javrh  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  316 
4.  19530  PhD Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec  Social sciences  Head  2021 - 2023  1,008 
5.  22448  PhD Maja Mezgec  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  136 
6.  39778  PhD Borut Mikulec  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  146 
7.  13796  MSc Ester Možina  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  165 
8.  23031  PhD Tjaša Redek  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  721 
9.  15496  PhD Maja Zalaznik  Social sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  1,103 
Organisations (5)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0393  Slovenian Institute for Adult Education  Ljubljana  5523192000  1,474 
2.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  96,436 
3.  0584  University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (SEB)  Ljubljana  1626922  41,223 
4.  0590  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Public Administration  Ljubljana  1627163  8,323 
5.  2158  University of Primorska Faculty of Education  Koper  1810014003  14,974 
The proposal provides an answer to questions about the state of lifelong learning (LLL) and the factors that advance LLL. International indicators show that Slovenia is facing a problem of a big group of insufficiently functionally literate adults, who lack the opportunities to develop their competences. The results of PIAAC survey show that a large group of the working age population exhibits poorly developed problem-solving skills in a technologically challenging environment. Additionally, the participation of adults in LLL is sharply declining and is worth noting that most participants in LLL activities have a higher level of education. The inclusion of individuals with a lower level of education and competences in LLL remains a challenge that requires the development of efficient educational models and new approaches to LLL. The disadvantageous position of that segment of the population is highly hampering social development. The trend of ageing population, ageing working age population and the decline of skills in the elderly pose further challenges. The transition to digital technologies and its applications presents additional difficulties regarding digitalization and restructuring of business models, which have been accelerated by the pandemic. The appropriate employee competences have become a crucial complementary factor in the implementation of new technologies amidst the fourth industrial revolution and are of vital importance to the enhancement of companies’ added value, to their investment readiness and the implementation of new technologies. All contributes to job growth and business, local and regional development. The project aims to develop a comprehensive model of LLL, which will consider domestic and foreign developments, practical experience and the results of national development projects, along with new circumstances brought on by the pandemic. It will efficiently reach out to adults, encourage participation in LLL, and contribute to Slovenia’s objectives in raising the adults’ participation in education and LLL. We will be looking at interdisciplinary connections for developing competences in different environments, workplace and local environments, as well as on different levels: micro (adults), meso (companies, educational institutions) and macro level (LLL policies, managing the system of adult education). The goals of the project also correlate with the goals of the emerging Resolution on the Master Plan for Adult Education in the Republic of Slovenia for 2021-2030 (ReNPIO 2021-2030), as the project focuses on the following operational objectives: 1)To analyze the state of LLL in Slovenia from an international comparative perspective, focusing on sustainable development and digital breakthrough. 2)To analyze the regional diversity of LLL in Slovenia in regard to different kinds of literacies. 3)To identify and analyze the contributing factors for strengthening LLL on a micro, meso and macro level, along with a strengthening toolkit. 4)To analyze the existing models of LLL in an international context and to develop a holistic model of LLL in Slovenia, focusing on encouraging participation in LLL of adults. 5)To implement a comprehensive model of LLL in selected companies in order to incentivize the development of problem-solving skills in technologically rich environments and to reduce the digital divide, especially for the less included groups of adults by suggesting innovative andragogical strategies. 6)Dissemination and the transference of knowledge into practice. The main aims and results of the project are intended to be transferred into practice to various target users and on several levels (macro, meso and micro). Expected results include the application of a comprehensive model of LLL in enterprises based on the data analysis of the field research, the publication of a scientific monograph and the dissemination of the results of the project among the scientific and professional community.
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