We aim to raise awareness of those i working in adult education of the enormous benefits of using coaching skills to enhance the learning outcomes of learners. If coaching is part of an adult education culture, it can contribute to the holistic development of all learners and encourage all learners to maximise their potential.
This project will carry out research (including literature review and practitioners and learner surveys. focus groups and interviews) to find the most effective practices in coaching. Those practices will be adapted to the adult education context taking into account the main needs of adult learners, adult education professionals and the main trends and objectives in adult education.
We aim to demonstrate in what way coaching can be invaluable skill for educators and facilitate their access to learning coaching skills, hence make coaching available to larger population.
“Coaching is a method which aims to achieve self-actualization by facilitating learning and developmental processes to promote the resource base of another person” (Moen and Allgood, 2009, p. 32). Through gaining basic coaching skills the educators will be able to empower the learners and assist them in finding their own solutions. Coaching, as we see it, is a very powerful method to help people to better get to know their own strengths, to be able to use their inner resources of which they might not know they have, to make them take charge over their present situation and to be able to make an action plan. This project will be beneficial for all organisations involved in the consortium as well as for their networks and stakeholders and end users to which the project outputs will be disseminated and easily accessible.This project also aims to improve the quality and to increase the volume of co-operation between organisations involved in adult education throughout Europe. The project will be built on the grounds of collaboration of organizations involved in adult education from 6 different countries (Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria, Cypus, Spain and UK). . It will allow conducting cross-national needs analysis, drawing from experiences of all partners to design trainings and training aids, implement piloting courses, compaere results and access a wide spectrum of end-users of the project. The management structure of the project will facilitate ongoing communication of the partners and high standards of exchange and cooperation.
The project is also aligned with the objective: to facilitate the development of innovative practices in adult education and their transfer, including from a participating country to others. Coaching is an innovative and fast growing practice. The project will enable the partners to share experiences and good practices in a structured way guided by QA standards. Thanks to the collaboration new approach to utilizing coaching in adult education and promoting it will be developed, tested and used by all partners as well as promoted on European level. Innovative curricula and methods will be disseminated to organizations involved in adult education in Europe also through Grundtvig IST.
One of the specific objectives of Grundtvig program is to help to provide adults with pathways to improving their knowledge and competences. This project will prepare professionals working in the field of adult education to cope with a broader spectrum of challenges arising from educating adults and providing the adult education staff in skills that will empower them to assist adult learners better in developing their potential and taking next step in their growth.