ERIC Number: ED344083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Older Students in Europe. A Survey of Older Students in Four European Countries.
Clennell, Stephanie, Ed.
A survey of older students received responses from 4,461 people aged 60 or over in four European countries: United Kingdom, West Germany, France, and Belgium. The questionnaire had three sections: students' background; information on study methods, time spent, organization of work, and use of study aids; and Approaches to Study Inventory (ASI). Striking similarities were found between respondents in all four countries, despite national and institutional differences. Older students had been learners throughout life and exhibited similarities in educational experience. A majority of respondents had chosen their principal subject of study in the humanities or foreign languages. Respondents in the four countries generally agreed about why they were continuing to study after age 60. The most frequently mentioned reasons were to keep the mind active, to develop an interest in an area, and to achieve personal development. Older students appeared to be highly motivated, well organized, hardworking, and capable of adapting to course demands. Responses to the ASI showed a preference for study based on comprehension and finding relationships. Future policy issues for education were identified: a new profile of aging, active participation, access to adult education for older students, teaching and learning methods, intergenerational issues, changing concepts of retirement, and positive contributions. Appendixes include data tables, 67-item bibliography, and instrument. (16 figures; 49 tables in text and appendices) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aging (Individuals), Developed Nations, Educational Gerontology, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Surveys
Regional Academic Services, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). British Open Univ. Regional Academic Services.; Open Univ., Milton Keynes (England). European Older Students Research Group.
Identifiers: Belgium; France; United Kingdom; West Germany