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ERIC Number: ED326715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
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Characteristics and Aspirations of Older Learners from Twelve U3A Campuses in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
Swindell, Rick
A June 1990 survey was used to determine characteristics and aspirations of University of the Third Age (U3A) participants in Australia. The overall response rate was 73 percent. The three parts of the survey questionnaire collected information regarding wider adult education questions such as educational background, extent of activity in leisure and learning, perceptions of health, and educational interests of the older learner. Survey findings were summarized in graphs that contained the percentage of responses for each campus as well as for the entire sample of 771 participants. Tabular responses were also developed for all responses. The following participant characteristics and educational preferences were analyzed: gender; age; persistence; course participation issues, such as perceived benefit, nonparticipation reasons, preferred class format, and willingness to be a tutor; course organizational issues, such as frequency, duration, and preferred time of day; educational attainment; prior participation; future participation; leisure activities; health; finance; and reason for joining U3A. (Twenty-six graphs show data for the Brisbane campus and all U3A; 22 tables reflect percentages for U3A overall. Thirty-one references and the survey instrument are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Australia; University of the Third Age (Australia)