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Self-Directed Learning and Learning to Learn: Where are we? What next?


22-26 October 2014 | Padova, Italy

In the last 5 years L2L and SDL became well-known concepts in the YiA Programme A new concept brings challenges, changes, success stories, frustrations and so on. We want to bring together 33 trainers to share, discuss and look forward!
In the last 5 years Learning to Learn(L2L) and Self-Directed Learning(SDL) became well-known concepts in the Youth in Action programme. In some training courses (like the Training of Trainers, TALE and many others) SDL/L2L became the leading methodology. With the introduction of Youthpass and the ‘Youthpass process’ the concept of L2L was introduced within almost all activities within the Youth in Action programme. Last but not least ‘learning to learn’ being one of the 8 key-competences in the framework of the Life Long Learning programme of the European Commission made the concept an accepted and recognised one. A new concept brings challenges, changes, success stories, frustrations, different applications etc. In these last 5 years many developments have taken place around the topic of L2L/SDL; in project within the different actions in the YiA programme and other European programmes, in publications and in research. It’s time to collect these experiences, to see where we are and to find out what needs to be next steps to develop the concept! It is a 3 days seminar to bring together 33 trainers in the Youth in Action programme who have been implementing the concept of SDL/L2L in their training work and who are ready to exchange and discuss their experiences and to look at future steps to be taken to further develop the concept. Objectives of the seminar: - to collect and exchange experiences with implementing L2L/SDL in training courses in the YiA programme - to outline the strong points and the challenges when implementing L2L/SDL in training courses in the last 5 years - to define elements for further development, study and research - to explore the implications and chances in the new Erasmus+ programme - to plan and set-up follow-up activities to further develop L2L/SDL The seminar will be run by Paul Kloosterman and Giulia Mastropirro

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 33 participants

from Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Trainers, Volunteering mentors

Working language(s):



Associazione Work in Progress (Youth NGO)

Work in Progress is a no profit organization that aims to give opportunities to youngsters and young adults to improve their key competences, to make mobility experiences in Europe and to contribute to the build up of a society based on respect of diversity. In order to reach this goal, we strongly believe that young people have the necessity not only to be involved in formal trainings, but also to deepen other aspects such as solidarity, interculturality, differences, european citizenship, volunteering and all that subjects which are mostly neglected in the formal training programmes. The organisation is based in Padova, a north east italian city with a high level of industrial development and, by consequence, a high number of immigrants.
Work in Progress has been established by expertise in the field of education and training that have been involved in the YiA since 2005.
Even if the organisation has been recently established, it is already very active hosting beneficiaries of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme, participating in Grundtvig and in many activities of the Youth in Action. In the projects, our main focus is learning to learn, youth employability and social inclusion.
From 2014, we are very active in Erasmus+, both Youth and Adult fields.

Contact for questions:

Giulia Mastropirro


Phone: +393331353750


The travel costs will be reimbursed according to the new Erasmus+ rules. Accommodation and meals are covered 100% by the project. There is a participation fee of €30,00

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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