Institutul Român de Educaţie a Adulţilor
IREA is a pedagogic research institute in the field of adult and continuing education, aiming to provide scientific and methodological support for all adult education institutions in Romania and to establish the link between the academics and practitioners in adult learning area. The overall research aim is to improve the quality of the education for adults, and to identify ways to enhance their ongoing participation in learning, and also for strengthening the lifelong learning dimension both at individual and institutional level.
The main research directions within IREA are:
- adult basic education;
- workplace learning and key competencies;
- professionalisation of adult educators
- social inclusion and active citizenship through education.
- impact of new media on adult learning
- inter-generational learning and active aging;
- developing the concept for different support services offered to adult learners – e.g. counselling in adult education;
- innovative didactics and delivery
IREA was or is involved in European projects with focus on the adult basic skills such as the study Enabling the low-skilled to take their qualifications “One Step Up” (Final Report, Key Factor Analysis and Final Recommendations) Implementation of Action plan on adult learning (European Commission, 2007) conducted by the Tendering Group: University of Florence (Group leader), German Institute for Adult Education – DIE (Group member) and Romanian Institute for Adult Education- IREA (Group member). This study aimed at learning more about existing good practices that support the increase of participation of adults in lifelong learning; collecting data on existing good practices for upgrading the qualifications of people; and recommending possibilities that allow adult learners to achieve at least one higher level of qualification throughout their lives, in particular of those with low or without qualification.
Another project is Workplace Literacy, Language and Numeracy Evaluation Toolkit – WOLLNET. The aimed of the WoLLNET Project was to research, trial and develop a web-based, user-friendly Toolkit to enable employers, providers and unions to evaluate the impact of workplace basic skills training programmes on learning, and individual and organisational performance.
The Content Embedded Literacy Education for the New Economy Project- CELiNE designed to support VET teachers to adapt their teaching to the workplace literacy needs.
The Learn in Green: New approach to develop key competences through environment proposes integrated approaches which refer to sustainable development, with concern for the development of ecological behaviour and especially for key competencies for social and professional integration of low-skilled and low-qualified adults.