ERIC Number: ED326744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-2
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Older Learners: Inner Reflections.
Wolf, Mary Alice
Through in-depth interviews, the motivation and experience of 40 Elderhostel participants, aged 60 to 80, were studied and personal stories were collected. This information was analyzed within the framework of relevant psychosocial and gerontological theory and research. The findings identified some general characteristics of the population, including cohort and occupational similarities. Three case studies explored individual experiences related to education and motivation for learning in late life. The three persons interviewed in depth are motivated by a desire to learn, to complete their education, and to make sense out of older age. These individual stories reflect a diversity of motivations within the population. The study concluded that since the quality of life for older persons can be greatly enhanced through participation in education, adult education researchers should explore the meaning of education for this growing population. (33 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, November 2, 1990).