ANDRAGOGICAL APPROACH TO IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS OF ADULT EDUCATION - PRACTITIONER'S REFLECTIONS
Andragogiczne przygotowanie nauczycieli szkół dla dorosłych – refleksje praktyczne
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The paper presents the author's experience gained during andragogical courses for teachers and principals of schools for adults. The courses were conducted in 2004 and 2005 in the Center for Lifelong Education in Torun. About 70 persons working in schools for adults in the area of northern Poland attended both courses. The main problem concerning teachers of adult education in Poland is the lack of legal regulations of teachers' qualifications and paths of in-service training and professional development. In the following part, the author characterizes the expectations of the course participants and their attitudes towards practical skills acquisition useful in teaching different subjects. What appeared to be very important and what was appreciated by teachers participating in the courses, was the possibility of exchanging their professional experiences and sharing their successes. Another reflection is connected with teaching-learning methods used by the author during the courses. These were mainly active methods that helped the participants to define and solve their problems and reflect on their creative work and its implementation, e.g. six thinking hats method by E. de Bono, discussion games by U. Baer etc. Games and relaxation plays were also very important in the very intensive course. In the summary, it was noted that there exists the real need of adult education teachers to participate actively in this kind of in-service training, to learn new teaching-learning methods they could apply in their work with adult learners.
- De Bono E., Sześć kapeluszy czyli sześć sposobów myślenia, Warszawa 1996.
- Matlakiewicz A., Solarczyk-Szwec H., Dorośli uczą się inaczej. Andragogiczne podstawy kształcenia ustawicznego, Toruń 2005.
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