Aušra Rutkienė (Vytautas Magnus University)
Professionalization is a purposeful, continuous, and systematic process. It is the collecting of professional knowledge and recognition of occupation. The professionalization of adult educators, involvement in policy and decision-making, annd the development of curriculum and management strategies of the organizations (e.g. implementing a Quality Assurance strategy, programmes for validating non-formal learning) improve the quality and effectiveness of the education and training systems.
Changes in different sectors of adult education, intercultural awareness, openness, and citizenship developed equity and social cohesion. The international cooperation at individual and organizational level as well as knowledge of foreign languages make the EU education and training systems open to the wider world.
A cross-sectional online survey has been conducted in 31 countries of the EU and several non-EU countries. Ninety-eight adult teachers from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia filled out the questionnaire. The results show that the activities manage to make am impact on adult educators’ growth by strengthening the identity, self confidence and social interactions, strongly developing the professional competence and consciousness, widening the social network and inspiring them to take action on an individual, national or international level.