ERIC Number: ED218460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Older Adult as Teacher.
The project, "Community-Based Learning Centers for Older Adults," studied the nature of the older adult teacher and his/her motivations and perceptions of the experience. Data were collected during in-depth interviews with 23 older adults who had taught in a community-based learning center. Interviewee comments were treated as incidents and coded according to properties indicated. Properties precipitated categories representing conceptual elements. Relationships between categories suggested potential hypotheses, including (1) willingness to share skills or knowledge will be perceived as having no direct correlation to formal education training and teaching experience; (2) the more extensive a person's reported history of community participation, the more likely she/he will be to teach; (3) a decision to teach based on altruism and peer orientation will be perceived as a reason to teach more often by older adults with less education and teaching experience; (4) transmission of knowledge will be seen as a reason to teach more often by older adults with formal education training and teaching experience; (5) fellowship and self-actualization will be perceived as benefits by more teachers in an age-segregated rather than age-integrated setting; and (6) teachers in age-segregated settings will view their educating roles as helper or friend more often. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Faye McBeath Inst. on Aging and Adult Life.