Informal adult learning in the third sector. Recognition of strategic competences

The third sector also represents an informal learning context where competence and knowledge are acquired, often in a tacit and indirect way. This research focuses on the strategic competences of the third sector professionals and on the pedagogical methods to make them visible and to encourage their recognition. The results, based on quantitative and qualitative methods, show that the informal learning of strategic competences by professionals is a primary result of their activities that should be given greater visibility. The research has highlighted the importance of the tutor who applies narrative tutoring methods to facilitate the recognition of competences and their enhancement for personal and professional development. The full enhancement of competences, considered as the strengthening of people’s reflection and planning potential, requires policies that can be effectively applied to the national competences certification system.