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Reference Number : DE-2013-1367-001
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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
Sexual and gender identity in Europe as a topic in adult education
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A GRUNDTVIG GRANT (ADULT EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training not resulting from an llp or previous socrates project)
GENERAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING
Active citizenship
Career guidance and counselling
Education management/project management
European citizenship & European dimension
Gender training
Inclusive approaches
Intercultural education
Pedagogy and didactics
Other general courses anti-discrimination work
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
German
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
German
ADULT EDUCATION
Adult education provider
Adult education for disabled persons
Higher education institution offering outreach courses for adults
Organisations working with migrant groups/ethnic minorities
Centres for guidance, councelling or accreditation
Other sectors of adult education
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
Inspectors
Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
Non-teaching administrative staff
Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
Other, namely: People working in LGBT*I centers
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Akademie Waldschloesschen
Waldschlösschen 1
37130 -
Reinhausen/Goettinge
Germany
www.waldschloesschen.org
 
Ulli Klaum
0049 5592 927723
0049 5592 927777
ulli.klaum@waldschloesschen.org
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
A course description will be sent to the participants before they arrive, they will be asked to send few words about their occupation and interest in the course themes. No other preparation is necessary
While studying and working in the fields of adult education a professional reflection and confrontation with sexual and gender identities is rather rare. Against this background this seminar will explore and train options to a non-heteronormative, emancipatory adult education.
We will face the question to what extent it will be possible and where, when and how we can provide space to lesbian, gay and transsexual topics and lifestyles. So that an emancipatory inclusion can become an initiative within political adult education and be part of the skills of individual professionals.
The seminar is aimed at people who work in adult education or prepare for it (ie adult education students, trainees in educational occupations etc.) and who are interested in the topic ...
- because they work with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexuela/Transgender/Intersexual - LGBT*I "target groups"
- because they deal with the issue in other ways in their work
- because they want to reflect heteronormative routines and related exclusions in their practice
and / or
- because they want to reflect their own professional role / positioning as a lesbian, gay, trans* person in the context of adult education.
The training promises to be a unique experience for all participants – reflecting their gender and sexual biographies, getting to know gender theories and historical facts on social movements, getting connected with a broader view of emancipative and political adult education.
The seminar teaches the skills of participants at three levels: the professional and pedagogical competence, social skills and personal skills / self-reflection. Content and methods will be orientated on the needs (professional, political, personal) of the participants.
The participants will meet for an European exchange and discussion on various topics of LGBT*I life – the personal, the social, the national and the international perspectives are in the focus of the training. It offers best practice of successful training on gender themes as well as anti-discrimination and biographical work.
An emphasis will be on the common practice of reflection - guided by practical experiences of the participants as well as on the mutual exchange of experience: with group discussions, films, texts, presentations and papers we want to deepen the importance of how to deal with gender and sexual norms and how to deal with coming out / violence / homo- and trans*negativity.
Trainers will be involved who have been working in adult education for more than a decade.

Daily feedback sessions during the training offer participants the opportunity to respond to content and learning achievement in an affirmative, critical and constructive way. These suggestions can be used by the trainers in preparing and/or changing the schedule. In addition, the exchange in an informal setting and the get to know each other will be supported while living and studying/working together in one place, at the folk high school „Akademie Waldschlösschen“ close to the Universty Town of Göttingen (next trainstation: Göttingen with bus service to Waldschlösschen; closest airports: Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg, Berlin).
The main outcome will be the learning success of working together in a training and experiencing a programme in that the participants have contributed their views on the subjects. They will get all materials used and all outcomes. They will (be able to) stay in contact by email on completion of the course. On return to their home locations participants they will try out the different approaches with their target group and share their experience with other participants through e-mail and on facebook.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Day 1/Arrival

2/In depth: sexual orientation
- Sexuality as a social fact and identity-links, Social construction of sexual orientation
- Hypotheses and research for a biological cause of homosexuality,
- Discrimination against homosexuals and homosexual emancipation, pathologizing gay, trans and intersex lifestyles/identities

3/In depth: standards/normalities/prejudices
- Research interests and conclusions and its criticism: stigma (management), Identity research versus emancipation?
- Approaches to a queer theory of sexuality
- Social Norms, exercises and training on prejudice and normalism / discrimination - experiences, biographical facts and contexts of ‘being different’
- An international exchange on anti-discrimination projects in European Countries

4/In depth: emancipation and participation
- History and function of the Academy Waldschlösschen in an European educational landscape
- How we can take care of an adult education diversity-oriented and free of exclusion? Skills needed in adult education
1. Expertise (theory of sexuality, sexual development), 2. Social skills 3. Self-competence (knowing their own pitfalls, seeing through one’s own fulfilled and unfulfilled desires)
- An international exchange on anti-discrimination projects in European Countries – continued

5/In depth: new approaches to sex education
- practical problems (How can the issue of sexual diversity be integrated in adult education? Which game or media we can choose?)
- methods on sexual diversity in the classroom are being tested and reflected
- Trans*/Inter and the standard of two sexes in an European Focus

6/In depth: target orientation & evaluation - "What does sexual educational talk and action need the most?"
- Needs of change in sex education
- comparison of current situations of sex education in Europe: influence of culture / ethnicity on sex education, heteronormativity
- Prospects for the future and next steps that the participants want to go

Day 7/Departure
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Certificate of attendance including description of participant’s contribution and time input
 
Certificate of attendance including description of participant’s contribution and time input
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