ERIC Number: ED369986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Unfinished Business of Learning.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Adult/Community Education.; Florida State Council on Aging, Tallahassee.
A Florida task force investigated the educational levels of the state's elderly population. Data collection included the construction of statistical summaries, examination of existing documents (including a prior study of education and the elderly), and a review of the literature on aging. The following information was gained from the study: a profile of the educational levels and other demographic characteristics of the elderly population studied; the relationship between educational attainment and the probability of impaired literacy among older Floridians; the impact of low educational levels on the elderly; and policy and programmatic recommendations for improving the status of elderly education. Some of the findings were as follows: (1) compared to other states, older Floridians are relatively well educated, but because of the size of the elderly population, the state has one of the largest groups of elderly residents with low educational levels in the country; (2) 60 percent of Floridians who have low educational levels are over the age of 60; (3) Floridians with higher levels of education have fewer incidences of disabilities; and (4) illiterate elderly persons are disadvantaged in their recovery from acquired communication disorders such as hearing impairments. The study urged that the state make combating illiteracy in the elderly a top priority and increase literacy education efforts among them. (Contains 32 references and 14 tables.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Needs, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Older Adults, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Florida Council on Aging, 1018 Thomasville Road, Box C-2, Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Adult/Community Education.; Florida State Council on Aging, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida