The Study groups (Študijski krožki) is an organised infrastructure for independent adult learning, characterised by a process of voluntary creative and democratic cooperation with respectful and fruitful discussion. It starts with socio-cultural animation and ends with action. It is a place of coordination and concern for the common good. Typical elements of the meeting are: greeting, rules, discussion, summary and plan of action, evaluation.
The group is characterized by personal communication. It requires a communication that highlights choice rather than control and allows for the use of internal resources. Thus, social situations that encourage independent learning contain minimal attempts at dominance and apathy. Communication is not always direct, and just like establishing contact, it takes time. Like all processes, communication is slow and expensive, and can be boring, so internal resources, goodwill, openness and tolerance are key to it.
Participants make contact at the level of content, relationships or values, so empathy and time are needed to relive experiences, to create inner images, feelings that individuals perceive selectively, according to their experiences, acting as a physiological and psychological filter.
Learning in study circles leads to concrete conclusions – products, events, convergence of views, personal closeness and openness to innovation with a solid identity at any level.
On 15th anniversary of the study groups, MOCIS has published a Collection of Study groups from 2003 to 2018, where all study groups are featured.
PAST STUDY GROUPS
WE LIKE TO READ AND COOK WITH ROBIN
In study group, we bring grandparents together with their grandchildren. Together, we research fruit recipes, collect them, and of course, try them. We had our meetings ar Črneče and Podklanec. At each meeting we have read the story of the little girl names Robin. Children know her from fairy-tales. Our goal is to design a recipe book with pictures drawn by the youngest members of the study group. We will introduce it at a local culinary event.
DRESSED IN THE RIGHT CLOTHES
With this study group, we want to encourage as many people as possible to dress in clothes made by themselves on “medieval days” to connect them even more with the events that will take place over two days.
The group is researching medieval clothing. We focused on St. Elisabeth, after whom the church in city center of Slovenj Gradec is named. We’ve made templates ready to be cut. Each member will make her own clothes and decorate them accordingly. The suit also includes a belt. We’re going to make it with different knots. Visitors to this event will have the opportunity to learn how to make the simplest garment of the day. The template will be available a week before the event.
CAN I READ AN EASY WRITTEN STORY?
There’s a lot of people who need easy reading. A lot of what is written is too difficult to understand, so in this study group we decided to “translate” the work of an author from our region into an easy-to-read one. We are assisted by test readers who helped with text and illustrations. It is a special way of writing that makes the text easier to understand. The aim of the group is to translate and print an easy-to-read book and present it in the local environment.