Learning processes of senior citizens are of high priority in the framework of the ageing society in Europe. Psychological findings show that learning in higher ages is possible and desirable, when some particularities of the target group are taken into account.
The project HiStory – Seniors tell about History - regards these particularities by
- choosing a subject like personally experienced history, which is highly relevant and motivating to the target group of senior citizens, and
- integrating the subject into an easy-to-handle weblog learning environment with the potential of including audio and video files.
The methodological approach is a narrative one and combines the approaches of oral history, biographical research and Storytelling. Senior citizens tell about their individual experiences within the European history in the 20th and beginning 21st century. The learning process can be both
- the telling itself, because it means reflecting on and working through personal experiences, and
- listening to/reading tales of others.
Thus the aims of the proposed project are various: besides the objective of European approximation and cohesion, HiStory wants to address the social inclusion (and eInclusion) of seniors and to advance active citizenship in terms of awareness of historical contexts and, as a consequence, responsible political and cultural acting in the presence and future.
The learning process in HiStory is not just a collection of data, but advances meaningful, emotionally and socially relevant knowledge.
The learning process and the learning environment are adapted to the needs of seniors, advance communication and (intercultural) exchange and thereby contribute to a socially integrated ageing.