ELLAN - European Later Life Active Network (2013-2016)
This project promotes European cooperation and exchange of innovation and good practice related to the ageing population and to the educational preparation of those working with older people. The project reconstructs the diverse educational approaches by developing a European Core Competencies Framework for working with older people, sharing innovation in teaching and identifying factors that influence students to choose working with older people, thus strengthening the quality of higher education for professions providing care for older people. The project directly targets educators and management staff at the partners and other higher education institutions in Europe. The indirect target groups are the students, professional communities and older people themselves. The consortium will conduct analyses of competencies required of personnel working with older people from the viewpoint of literature, research but also professionals, students and older people themselves. The results will be exploited in the development of higher educational curricula, as well as the promotion of a more positive vision of working with older people through national and European networks. The consortium includes 28 partners from 26 countries in Europe. The project is coordinated by Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Unit of Health Care (Finland).
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