ERIC Number: ED326710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Competence and Love, an Antidote to Ageing.
An empirical study aimed at understanding the relationship aspect of older adult education focused on the perspective of the practitioners. Interviews were conducted with 14 groups of subjects composed of four older adults and one practitioner who had all been involved in learning activities together. Participants were invited to clarify their positions about learning, working with older adults, and establishing a rapport with older learners. Two broad categories of analysis were used to identify meaningful statements: learning, and being with older learners. Four subcategories of being with older learners were identified. In the first two, the role of "the lovable/loving person" and the role of "the competent person" were stressed by the practitioners. The perspective was reinforced with the other two subcategories: keeping in touch, and the older person as a factor in practitioner self-development. An exchange of roles by practitioners and learner was suggested. Competent practitioners were found to present themselves as engaged with the older learners in the same learning process. The role of the practitioner was also seen as being restorative. Competence and love were identified as an antidote to aging. (5 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (39th, Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990).