Analysis and documentation of national and international approaches and models for continuing education of older people (50+) in the context of demographic change, with special consideration of regional and local continuing education cooperations (50plus)

Funding information


Project duration: 01.01.2007 – 31.01.2009

Project concept

Initial situation

In the course of demographic change, the learning of older people with locally adapted innovations is gaining in importance. Especially for new forms of "age patchwork biographies" in the transition between employment, leisure and voluntary work, opportunities and a need for innovation arise in the linking of further education and activity of older people, which can be adequately realised in new forms of learning and activity networks at local and regional level.

Target groups and their benefits

The study focuses on the ageing society, i.e. in particular the continuing education of older people (50+) with reference to various institutions, including in-company (continuing) education, municipal and academic (continuing) education and educational guidance.

Project goal

The study of the Innovation Circle on Continuing Education (Innovationskreis Weiterbildung, IKWB) aims to develop recommendations for a strategy to shape lifelong learning with the help of four working groups in which current and possible future issues in the following areas were discussed: Linking formal and informal learning, learning in the city and region, academic continuing education, and educational guidance.

Role of ISOB

ISOB supports the working group "Learning in the City and Region" with its scientific expertise.

Products and planned publications

  • Working group 1: Linking formal and informal learning (competence assessment procedures, framework conditions for the recognition of informally acquired competences in VET, competence management in companies)
  • Working group 2: Learning in the city and region (regional education monitoring, initiative to strengthen regional continuing education structures, continuing education and demographic change, professionalisation of staff employed in continuing education, education in SMEs, intercultural opening of continuing education institutions)
  • Working group 3: Scientific continuing education (competence development in high-tech fields, quality assurance and development in scientific continuing education, information portals, permeability and interlinking of scientific continuing education, needs analysis and new business fields in scientific continuing education)
  • Working group 4: Educational guidance (including transparency, quality, professionalism and financing of educational guidance, qualification guidance)



  • Germany: Innovationskreis Weiterbildung (IKWB) (Projektkoordination)
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