Adult Education Academy

    Prof. Vanna Boffo

    Vanna Boffo, PhD., is Full Professor in Adult Education and LifeLong Learning and Dean of the Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology at the University of Florence (2021-2025). She is Coordinator of the Doctoral Course in Educational and Psychological Sciences (2019-2025).  She was Rector’s Delegate for Job Placement at the University of Florence (2015-2021) and President of the Master Degree Course in Adult, continuing education and Pedagogical sciences (2016-2022); She served as Vice-President for the Italian University Network for Permanent Learning (RUIAP) associate EUCEN (2018-2021); She is Director (with Paolo Federighi) of the Book Series Studies on Adult Learning and Education, Firenze University Press (since 2014) and the Director of the EPALE Journal on Adult Learning and Continuing Education (since 2017); She was Principal investigator for University of Florence of Erasmus+ Project Compall (2015-2018) and Intall (2018-2021). She participated to the Adult Education Academy from the beginning in February 2014.

    Her current research activities are concentrated in three ambits: 

    1. The first relating to particular topics in the adult education sectors, from training for and in the workplace, to the study of training courses for career guidance and entry to the world of work, aimed more specifically at internal analysis of the innovative sectors of work pedagogy;

    2. The second oriented towards the study of institutional systems in Higher Education from the Curricula and Educational pathways point of view;

    3. The third one oriented to the pedagogy of educational relations and pedagogy of care and wellbeing.

    She wrote more than 220 articles, books, essays at the scientific level

    Boffo Vanna., Togni Fabio. (2021). Entrepreneurial Organization in Higher Education. Professional and Educational Answers to the Crisis (The Pandemic and More). ANDRAGOŠKE STUDIJE, vol. I, pp. 21-40, ISSN:0354-5415 DOI   Accesso ONLINE all'editore

    Boffo Vanna; Tomei  Nicoletta(2020). Didactical Guide on Employability. A Guide for Teachers to support Master’s and PhD students preparing for successful future work in the field of Adult Learning and Education. Pisa: Pacini, ISBN:978-88-3379-246-0 Accesso ONLINE all'editore

    Boffo Vanna (2020). Storytelling and Other Skills: Building Employability in Higher Education. In: Regina Egetenmeyer, Vanna Boffo, Stefanie Kröner. International and Comparative Studies in Adult and Continuing Education, pp. 31-50, Firenze: Firenze University Press, ISBN:978-88-5518-154-9. Accesso ONLINE all'editore

    Boffo Vanna (2019). Employability and Higher Education: A category for the future. NEW DIRECTIONS FOR ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, vol. 163, pp. 11-23, ISSN:1536-0717 DOI    Accesso ONLINE all'editore

    Boffo Vanna; Fedeli Monica (2018). Employability & Competences. Innovative Curricula for New Professions. di Vanna Boffo, Monica Fedeli, Firenze: Firenze University Press, pp. 1-520, 978-88-6453-671-2. Accesso ONLINE all'editore



    CG5: Active ageing - from lifelong learning to innovative professionalisation

    Co-Moderator: Dr. Glenda Galeotti & Prof. Fabio Togni

    We are living through the most rapidly changing time in human history. Among the many challenges, sociodemographic transformation in Western countries is one of the major drivers of change in societies globally. Specifically, the issue of the ageing of the world population will have substantial effects on the world of work, jobs and professions, in addition to the effects on the health systems and social conditions of different countries. Moreover, it will be necessary to think about the guarantees of a sustainable working life and an exit from work that can be in continuity/discontinuity with the pathways experienced, supporting the exits from the world of work with an adequate ecological, digital, human, fully sustainable transition. It also generates challenges for education and training of the next decades.

    What are the educational and training policies saying about the problem of active ageing? And about the need to equip the adults with skills to cope with life transitions? In fact, there is a real urgent need to improve the Life Skills of the elder population to counter a training denial that can be inferred from the loss of social cohesion, aggregating socio-cultural fabric and intergenerational cooperation.


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