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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Permanent Education – Processes and Projects of Education and Development with a Focus on South Tyrol


This research area (General Pedagogy, Social Pedagogy, History of Education, Experimental Pedagogy)  covers topics related to the development and the education of children, to learning over the whole lifespan (Lifelong Learning), to learning in different educational and experiential contexts (Lifewide Learning), and in a broader sense related to cognitive and affective-emotional interactions, values, cultural and inter-generational relationships (Lifedeep Learning).

Particular emphasis is placed on educational contexts that are formal (schools, in particular the nursery and primary school), non-formal (families, playing centers, associations, churches, and various cultural and educational centers in the region), and informal (popular culture, personal and mass media).

Focus on lifelong learning in South Tyrol:

  • Study of the development of lifelong learning with a focus on educational offers in the scholastic, social, and socio-pedagogical area; description and documentation of this development; analysis and perspectives;
  • Analysis of lifelong learning from early childhood, starting from the kindergarten and the non-formal educational system. Description and documentation of scholastic development (small village schools, catacomb schools, etc.); analysis and perspectives;
  • Analysis of possibilities of training and orientation for those about to enter the world of work and possibilities of in-service training in adulthood. Documentation and perspectives for the future;
  • Analysis of lifelong learning in relation to migration: Development of personal identity, multiple belonging, outlook on life. Description and documentation. The future of the South Tyrolean society.

Lifelong learning and the development of a public space as a local and global citizenship. The future of the South Tyrolean society: representation and metaphors of citizenship.

Coordinator: Prof. Liliana Dozza

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