Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student critically knows theories and models, as well as criteria and norms useful to promote his/her intervention - in the contexts where he/she is working - in a lifelong learning perspective.
The student knows how to plan, manage and coordinate field and research activities, he/she knows how to introduce proper changes and assessments; he/she knows how to work in a system perspective and how to create useful collaborations in order to take part in a research team, both national and international, by promoting innovative, specific and integrated plans.
He/she knows how to use coping and empowerment strategies to reduce the risk of burnout (for him/herself, for the colleagues, for the users), he/she knows how to promote and develop his/her personal and professional knowledge/abilities/competences, and those of his/her colleagues and users,respecting the specific needs and expectations of different ages.

Course contents

The course will address the most important theories, models and theoretical approaches related to lifelong learning in the framework of the knowledge society. The training dimension of work, in complex organizations, will be addressed in the context of complex societies and the processes of globalization of the economy. Finally, the course will address the role of research and educational intervention starting from the plurality of theoretical approaches in the contemporary pedagogical debate. The relationship between adult/education will, in particular, be dealt considering some fundamental variables such as gender, culture, competencies. 

On-line Lessons are provided.



Starting lessons: see website

2 Course's Books and 1 Recommended Book:

1) M. Gallerani, Prossimità inattuale, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2015 (New Edition).

2) Annacontini G., Gallerani M. (et al.), "EDA nella contemporaneità. Teorie, contesti e pratiche in Italia", Speciali di MeTis. Mondi educativi, Progedit, Bari 2016 - ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-6194-296-7. Online info: https://www.progedit.com/prodotto/leducazione-degli-adulti-nella-contemporaneita-teorie-contesti-e-pratiche-in-italia-metis-mondi-educativi-speciale-2016/

Recommended Books list (choose one of the following):

- D. Demetrio, A. Alberici, Istituzioni di Educazione degli adulti, Milano, Guerini Studio, 2002 or M. Castiglioni (a cura di), L'educazione delgi adulti tra crisi e ricerca di senso, Unicopli, Milano 2011.

- A. Alberici, La possibilità di cambiare. Apprendere ad apprendere come risorsa strategica per la vita, Milano, Franco Angeli 2008

- M. Gallerani, C. Birbes (a cura di), L’abitare come progetto, cura e responsabilità. Aspetti epistemologici e progettuali, Zeroseiup, Bergamo, 2019.

- E. Marescotti (a cura di), Ai confini dell'educazione degli adulti. I limiti, le possibilità, le sfide, Milano: Mimesis 2015

- B. Mapelli. Galateo per donne e uomini. Nuove adultità nel contemporaneo, Milano, Mimesis 2014.

- C. Argyris, D.A. Schön, Apprendimento organizzativo, Milano, Guerini e associati, 1998

- A. Bandura, Autoefficacia, Trento, Erickson, 2000

 - D. Fabbri, A. Munari, Strategie del sapere, Milano, Guerini Studio 2005

If your interests concern a specific area you can contact the Professor in order to arrange a program of study together.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons; discussions; Flipped Classroom; Interactive classroom and online activities; work in pairs.

Assessment methods


- Oral examination (on-line/TEAMS).

- If your interests concern a specific area you can contact the Professor in order to arrange a program of study together.


Teaching tools

PowerPoint; on-line exercises; lectures and debates.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Manuela Gallerani


Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.