“The heroes of their own novels”

The innovative element of this output is its very strong tangibility.

There are a lot of theoretical studies and also publications (most of them resulted from different European projects, particularly Lifelong Learning and Erasmus + partnerships) that describe the advantages of autobiographical method on different target groups, its efficiency in overcoming different personal barriers that many individuals built around them after a more or less traumatically experience (as refugees, victims of violence or accidents, drugs/alcohol addicted etc.) or just because they hadn’t a very good start in life (disabled, ethnic/sexual/religious minorities etc.)

But all these documentary materials contains general information, statistics, reports, conclusions – even in many cases the impact on the target groups is clearly mentioned, it is described at the level of the whole group, in terms of level of improvement different basic skills, key competencies, self-esteem, self development. But we are working with people (not only partners involved in the project but all structures dealing with education in any form and for all individuals). And people want to know about other people. They want “success stories”, not only about Hollywood or Wall-Street celebrities but also about people who succeeded in their personal battles, especially in battles with themselves.

So this collection of case studies will bring “the power of personal example”, that could be the best motivation not only for professional in adults’ education but – most important – for our vulnerable groups involved in the project – low skilled/qualified migrants and minorities and then for other vulnerable adult learners who could be involved in this kind of activities.

The biggest impact would be an increased trust in this method – brought by “power of personal example” both at the level of professionals in adults’ education and the adult learners.

The collection is an A5 format brochure with about 110 pages containing:

  • 2-3 pag. about the context (project description)
  • 100 pag. case studies (5 pag/case)
  • 6-7 pag. conclusions