MÓDULO 2

Module 2 Introduction: Psychological characteristics of older learners 

 

Description

Ageing implies changes not only on physical level, but also on psychological and social level. Our mind functions differently at every age and getting older implies a certain specificity of the learning process. 

This module deals with the psychological particularities of older people in the learning and teaching process, as well as with the psycho-social conditions that need to be fulfilled by the educator in order to ensure an optimal learning atmosphere when working with older people.

 

The module will contain two units:

  • Unit 1: Psychological particularities of older people in the learning and teaching process. This unit deals with the cognitive and social-emotional processes involved in learning at an older age.
  • Unit 2: Psycho-social conditions for nurturing an optimal learning atmosphere for older people. This unit deals with practical ways of creating a safe learning environment which promotes trust and development.

 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Knowledge

The Participants will be able to name and understand the main particularities of older learners.

 

  • Attitudes

The participants will be able to accept the importance of creating an optimal learning environment.

 

  • Competences

At the end of the module, the participants will be able to apply activities and techniques which help to ensure an optimal learning environment in their work.

 

Duration

1.5 hours (45 min face to face + 45 min online)

Psychological particularities of older people in the learning and teaching process

 

Duration: 

45 min 

 

Learning Objectives:

Learners will be able to:

  • name and understand the main particularities of older learners
  • accept the importance of creating an optimal learning environment

 

Methodology:

In this face-to-face session experiential exercises and focused discussion are combined. All the activities can be carried out in an online environment, if needed. 

 

Content (Type of activities list & small description):

Preparation: 

Ice-breaker “Throw the ball and share things about yourself!” (Activity 1)

A reflection to link the exercise to the following activity is initiated by asking questions.

 

Course work:

Focused discussion about the specificity of old age and the changes it brings with itself; parallel between cognitive and social-emotional processes involved in learning at older age. (Activity 2)

 

Reflection:

Wrap-up exercise: “The thermometer”. (Activity 3)

Psycho-social conditions for nurturing an optimal learning atmosphere for older people

 

Duration:

45 min 

 

Learning Objectives:

Learners will be able to:

  • accept the importance of creating an optimal learning environment
  • apply in their work activities and techniques which will help them ensure an optimal learning atmosphere and performance when working with older people



Methodology:

This is an online session (e.g. on zoom) in which experiential exercises and focused discussion are combined. All the activities can be carried out in a face-to-face environment, if needed. 



Content (Type of activities list & small description):

Preparation: 

Ice-breaker “What do your shoes say about who you are?” (Activity 1)

 

Course work:

Structured exercise: “Your idea of a safe learning environment in a photo”, leading to a focused discussion about practical ways of creating a safe learning environment which promotes trust and development. (Activity 2)

 

Reflection:

Wrap-up exercise: “Words for the imaginary backpack”. (Activity 3)

 

Self-assessment