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Management (pp. 152-156), Consorci escolar Industrial, Barcelona, Spain, 6-7 September 2007. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International. Bratianu, C. (2009). The frontier of linearity in the intellectual capital metaphor. In C. Stam (Ed.). Proceedings of the European Conference on Intellectual Capital (pp.97-103), Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 28-29 April 2009. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International. Hanewald, R. (2012). Cultivating life-long learning skills in undergraduate students through the

133 The Impact of First- Year Seminars on College Students’ Life-long Learning Orientations Ryan D. Padgett, Northern Kentucky University Jennifer R. Keup, University of South Carolina Ernest T. Pascarella, The University of Iowa Padgett, R. D., Keup, J. R., & Pascarella, E. T. (2013). The impact of first-year seminars on college students’ life-long learning orientations. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 50(2), 133–151. doi:10.1515/jsarp-2013-0011 Available at Innovations in Research and Scholarship

Quality of Educational Programs in Life-long Learning

The paper deals with a systematic approach to education as well as to other areas, which represents a tool ensuring that education was performed effectively and efficiently, that it had positive influence on the society and the individual and it had improved their job performance and quality of life. This rational approach to the development of educational programs, their execution and quality evaluation enables to reach strategic education aims successfully and in a way that they suit and stimulate the requirements of practice.


The society is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan as a consequence of driving wave of globalisation. Today we are living in a society with rapid dynamic changes and technologic it can be called the IT era. The one most used paradigm is “knowledge society”. The academic world uses this term for analysing the socio-economic transformation toward so-called post-industrial society. It is also used by politics world when the discourses are about the normative vision that the state, governs should aspire to fulfil or when the economic situation and the link with Universities take into consideration. Often the knowledge society is used in relationship with the economy of innovation or information society or technologic society metaphors that are used for to indicate that the labour market is in rapid change and technological competences are required.

The demographic situation is also in rapid evolution: according to UNFPA data in 2019 we are around 7,715 million habitants with 26% of the population aged 0-14, 65% of people aged 15-65 and 9% of people aged more than 65 years. The demographic trends are to have more aged people and less young people. This trend is a new and powerful challenge for society. If we consider that adult percentage of the population is the biggest one and that LLL is seen as a concept that complete the gaps of the formal learning, we can confirm that LLL is a new reply to dynamic exchanges in the society and in the globalised economy.

The article purpose is to analyse the different concepts of LLL and its link with ageing. The main focus will be on how LLL can improve the quality of ageing. The used methodology is a review of relevant intervention studies and Political Documents for examining the effectiveness of interventions and how the elder's literacy can be a value for society.


The research examined the connection between vocational education, training and the world of work, and the social situation in Hungary in a European outlook. The accentual issues of the analysis disclosing the problem are: youth unemployment, the tendencies of secondary vocational education, proportions of enrollment and the features of training tendencies, the growing number of early dropouts, the effect of family background on student performance. This work tried to find the answer to the question: What variations have the changes in the regulations of vocational training, encouraging dual education brought on in the connection between trainers and work places? The research did not prove that the central vocational training system would be more effective than a varied, flexible, permeable, transparent decentralized operation with parts built on each other. The introduction of the complex exam overshadowed the evaluation of the competency areas, and fits less to the modularity of the framework curricula. With the legal regulation of vocational training in force the modular system has become a formality. Taking prior knowledge into account has become more difficult. The efficiency of professional structural decisions is questionable, it has not triggered the extension of employment among career starters, and does not mean a guarantee of finding a job either. Creating the motivation of economic role players may bring on steps forward to take up bigger tasks in vocational training. The research has confirmed the importance of improving the basic competency areas when planning vocational training, of life-long learning, of practice orientation, and also of the continuous connection with the labor market.

cannot be confirmed. Employees older than 50 years are highly motivated in job-related training especially higher educated employees. Further, men show a higher willingness to learn than women. Regarding the demographic development a growing part of employees will be older than 50 years. Their motivation to learn does not seem to stand in contradiction to economic needs. Keywords: motivation, job-related training, life long learning, older employees 128 Walter Hönig, Harald Stummer 1 Einleitung Demografische Prognosen für Deutschland gehen davon aus, dass in

/Lernzentren“ wie in diesem Zu- sammenhang Entwicklungsforschung realisiert wird. Deskriptoren: Infrastruktur, Lebenslanges Lernen, empi- rische Untersuchung, HdM Stuttgart Creating learning environments Research on the relevance of space on the designing of learning landscapes The changing of the system of education and the needs of modified learning arrangements create a great chal- lenge of the designing of a learning infrastructure to en- able diverse approaches to learning in the context of life- long learning. There are not only didactical concepts to be designed, but also


Civil initiatives, free time learning activities with pleasure are significant in general development of society, in the consolidation of knowledge and skills of local communities. However, it also has positive effects on well-being, community building, too. A form of civil initiative is the Swedish study circle which has been operating for decades, recently more and more popular in other countries, too.

diploma of nursing qualification to a degree. Using a qualitative case study approach, data were collected from twelve programme graduates, through individual and focus group interviews. The programme promoted their personal professional growth and enhanced their professional development. It increased self-confidence, knowledge, self-fulfillment, critical thinking ability, interpersonal skills, interest in research and research utilisation, and life-long learning. There was evidence of career mobility and a raised awareness of their professional role and responsibility