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ERIC Number: ED303607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Older Adults: A Synthesis of Significant Data.
Ventura-Merkel, Catherine; Worthy, Edmund H., Jr.
Despite the record numbers of older learners today and the probable future growth of these numbers, older people today are underrepresented in adult education. Furthermore, a significant segment of older people has serious educational deficiencies hindering their ability to cope in the contemporary world. Surveys show that the characteristics that predispose older persons to participate in educational activities are being an older woman; being a young older person; having a higher educational level than the median for the total population of older persons; being white; and having an annual income over $20,000. A higher educational level predisposes older persons to participate in educational activities. Older persons most often take courses that provide a continued sense of meaning to their lives or a sense of control or coping. They take courses offered by colleges or universities, community or senior centers, employers and business, and community-based settings. Participation motivations include personal interest and acquisition of job skills. The main reasons for not taking courses fall into these categories: not interested; too old; poor health; and not enough time. Future research needs and questions to help policymakers and planners determine where to focus their attention include general data, education for elderly minorities and special populations, and delivery of educational programs and activities. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Data Analysis, Educational Attainment, Educational Planning, Motivation, Older Adults, Participant Characteristics, Participation
National Council on the Aging, Inc. Publications, Department 5087, Washington, DC 20061-5087 (Order No. 116-ER: $6.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.