About the project

NEUROANDGAGOGY AGAINST EXCLUSION project is coordinated by Społeczna Akademia Nauk from Poland in partnership of organisations from Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, United Kingdom and Hungary. 

The project aims to introduce the idea of using the latest knowledge on neurodidactics in adult education addressed to disadvantaged groups of people (including the unemployed, inactive people, people 50+, disable, immigrants, low-skilled people, people from low-urban areas, etc.) to encourage them to be part of lifelong learning process. These people often show deficits related to competencies that determine effective participation in social and professional life, such as: information acquisition and processing, critical thinking, problem solving, self-motivation, self-analysis, creativity. This affects the occurrence of problems such as unemployment, poverty, social and cultural exclusion in these groups.

During the work on the project, we intend to collect, describe and test the most useful educational strategies based on neurosciences, which will help adults develop knowledge and skills adequately to their individual circumstances, and thus best serve to counteract social and professional exclusion. Neurological sciences provide information that allows to re-interpret typical educational and learning-related problems. Particular attention is paid to the close relationship between the brain, human behavior and the ability to continue lifelong learning process. According to the knowledge of the functioning of the human brain, neuroandragogy emphasizes the development of learning skills in accordance with abilities and cognitive conditions of each learner. This model is adequate for people of all ages, with different educational experiences, in different socio-economic situations and experiencing different reasons for exclusion. It attaches importance to the affective aspect of learning, building self-motivation to learn, which is particularly important for disadvantaged people.

Main beneficiaries of the project:

  • adult people from disadvantaged groups, threatened or affected by social exclusion;
  • teachers, educators, trainers working with adult learners or cooperating with anti-exclusion institutions and organizations.;
  • wide understood educational istitutions dealing with adult education.

Main project outputs:

  • A teachers’ training program “Neuroandragogy in education of adults from groups at risk of exclusion”
  • Training materials for disadvantaged adults, developing their skills of effective learning, using the rules of neuroandragogy.
  • An interactive educational platform “Neuroandragogy against exclusion”
  • Publication: „Neuroandragogy against exclusion”

All project outputs will be tested by the main target groups –teachers and disadvantaged adults– during pilot trainings.

The project results will help teachers realise the great potential offered by neuroandragogy in adult education. They will develop their knowledge concerning the assumptions of teaching based on knowledge of brain functioning. They will obtain information related to use of neuroandragogy in personalisation of work with an adult student. Participation in the project will also allow teachers to acquire lesson planning skills in order to support the adult students’ motivation to work and development and include their individual capacities related to the learning methods.

Due to the project disadvantaged adults will develop one of their basic competences – the ability to learn. Neuroandragogy will help them organise their own learning, will increase their motivation, and point to effective methods of overcoming their difficulties related to the life situation resulting from being a part of the disadvantaged group.

Partnership consists of 6 institutions from 6 European countries. All institutions have been working in their regions and countries for years to develop adult education and improve its effectiveness. The partnership has been carefully composed to provide the project with the necessary skills to create results, transfer them as well as effective implementation in target groups.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.