ERIC Number: ED296691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Opportunities for Older Persons.
Institute of Lifetime Learning, Washington, DC.
Formal and informal educational options available to older persons are briefly described, with attention to classroom courses, correspondence/home study courses, credit by examination, summer/weekend learning vacations, external degree programs, discussion groups, and self-study. Classes may be offered at public and private schools, community colleges, colleges and universities, college centers for older learners, and literacy programs. Tape recorders as well as written materials can be used for correspondence and home study courses. Older persons who were unable to complete a high school education can take the General Educational Development test. They can also use the knowledge they have acquired to earn college credit through the College Level Examination Program. Many college departments permit students to take examinations that have been prepared by faculty in order to receive credit for specific courses offered by the college. The Elderhostel program allows persons over age 60 to spend a week living and studying on a college campus, and the alumni associations of many colleges conduct organizational educational programs. Additional options include the Institute of Lifetime Learning minicourses, the Great Decisions Program of the Foreign Policy Association, and the Great Books Program. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Alumni Education, College Instruction, Correspondence Study, Discussion Groups, Equivalency Tests, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Informal Education, Lifelong Learning, Minicourses, Nontraditional Students, Summer Programs, Vacation Programs, Weekend Programs
American Association of Retired Persons, Institute of Lifetime Learning, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Lifetime Learning, Washington, DC.