THE UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE AS DRIVERS OF APPROACH TO INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The current education and training needs of adults and older are the product of current and future development of the knowledge society, in which a growing renewal of skills, especially digital, requires a greater capacity learning.
In this regard, Senior Citizens use information technology to a lesser degree than the rest of the population, which is causing to be lagging behind the so-called "Information Society." In this way education becomes the determining factor that will allow access or exclusion to social activities more meaningful.
The guidelines from the Second World Assembly on Ageing in the Plan of Action on Ageing in Madrid (2002), address the issue of access to knowledge, education and training stating that the knowledge society requires entrenched social and educational policies to ensure access to education and training throughout life and where technological change without education can be alienating suitable for the elderly, so we have to introduce measures to train and prepare these people access to information technologies and communication.
In this context the universities of Greater become not only a unique platform for training for older people - technological literacy of their students, but also boosters of innovation projects under the initiatives of the European Socrates Grundtvig, where the vast majority of international action in setting up matching methods and examples of educational innovation, where the concept of learning through research and the incorporation of new technologies more specific objectives and main, with the cultural and social integration the largest in the knowledge society. (Stadelhofer, 2002).This paper aims to describe the training content of the subject of computer science, and presents some of the opinions of teachers in their teaching and learning process of the University Programmes for elderly People, where the difficulty of teaching a new technological media joins the difficulty of teaching a new technological joins the difficulty of teaching a heterogeneous group as that of their elders.
Keywords: Teacher Training, University of elders, Teaching and learning process, Technology, Socrates Grundtving.