The Department of Educational Science and Cultural and Training Processes (Scienze dell'Educazione e dei Processi Culturali e Formativi) of the University of Florence is the continuation of the Institute of Pedagogy that was set up in 1935. The Institute was leaded and supervised by famous scholars like Prof. Codignola and Borghi. In 1988 the Institute of Pedagogy was transformed into the actual Department of Educational Sciences. The actual Department employs approximately 30 permanent staff.
The University of Florence has been involved and is currently involved in European research projects dealing with lifelong learning issues related to the labour market development issues as well (i.e. research on how to promote employability for adults, seniors and individuals who are in need of further training and education etc.). Personnel who are involved in the project activities are very high skilled in the lifelong learning issues, adult education, the way companies are related to education and training, and also have a law background and professional practice.
The Department is also very highly skilled in managing, leading and coordinating European activities due to its longlasting experience in several European programmes (the former Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Grundtvig and the current Lifelong Learning Programme with its Transversal programme and Key Activities, Interreg, Tenders, Researches, Article 4 ESF). Some of the recent European activities leaded by the Department were the European Inventory on Good Practices enabling people to go one step up, the PREVALET research on how to adapt the Open Method of Coordination to the regional level of governance, the Senior at Work research on active ageing policies and measures, the institutional PRECOLL project, the SMOC project valorizing and giving continuity to Prevalet, the experimental L@jost for university job placement, the Celine research on literacy for adults, etc.