EAPRIL’s conference in 2019 focuses on in-depth dialogue between practitioner researchers who are interested in the changed goals and approaches of life-long learning process. The conference is for describing, sharing and discussing the current and future challenges to ensure meaningfulness of learning in different settings at school, work, and everyday life. Changes might be seen in goals as it is described by World Economic Forum but also in processes that change due to globalisation and development of technology.
By meaningful learning we would like to highlight the importance of questions why, how and so what of instructional process. The content, the methods, and also the purpose of learning has to be meaningful in learning at schools and at workplace. Learners should be also involved in planning to achieve this.
The questions why, how and so what should be asked especially now because of the rapid changes in the labour market, social changes, and technological development. According to European Commission’s recommendations all learners should still focus on raising the level of achievement of basic skills (literacy, numeracy and basic digital skills) but also on fostering the acquisition of competences in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics; increasing and improving the level of digital competences at all stages of education and training, across all segments of the population; nurturing entrepreneurship competence, creativity and the sense of initiative; and increasing the level of language competences and supporting learners to learn different languages relevant to their working and living situation.