ERIC Number: ED239091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
What Turns Older Adults on to Education. Research Describing Participation in Educational Activities by Active Older Adults.
Fisher, James C.
A study identified distinguishing characteristics of active older adults who participate in educational activities and measured factors that motivated participation. The dependent variables were participation and nonparticipation; independent variables were educational attainment, anomie, life satisfaction, and certain learning-related factors. A survey instrument was used with 786 older adults in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The participants differed statistically from the nonparticipants on each of the independent variables except life satisfaction. Participants averaged slightly above the 12th grade educational level, were less anomic, and were more likely to engage in self-directed learning experiences. Sponsors of educational activities in which they participated were LaFarge Lifelong Learning Institute, local churches, senior centers, and local colleges. Subjects participated in learning activities because they enjoyed being with other people, liked the challenge of learning, and were attracted by the usefulness of the subject matter. Obstacles inhibiting participation were lack of transportation, night classes, uninteresting courses, high cost, and lack of time. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Milwaukee County)
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Philadelphia, PA, December 1983).