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ERIC Number: ED418224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-10
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Training in Technology for Late Adopters: Learning in Retirement, Computers for Seniors.
Redding, Terrence R.; Eisenman, Gordon; Rugolo, John
Learning in Retirement (LIR) programs are formal programs predicated on the principle that adult learners are capable of developing, designing, and delivering high-quality instructional programs. Issues associated with teaching computer use to senior citizens were examined in a case study of a small private college's establishment of an LIR institute based on principles of adult learning theory, Malcolm Knowles' theory of andragogy, and the concept of self-directed learning. The curriculum was designed to provide formal classroom instruction to senior citizens with a wide range of life experiences. The aims of the instruction, objectives accomplished, and knowledge and skills to be gained by taking the course were clearly stated at the outset, information was presented in a logical sequence, and individuals' diverse personal goals for taking the course were acknowledged. The following instructional strategies proved very effective with adult self-directed students: recognize that the first example of an attitude or thought has the strongest influence on learners' subsequent behavior; emphasize that the course is just a starting point; use notable individuals in the class as models; standardize the use of terms; keep the level of presentation simple and direct; and use a consistent strategy. (Contains 10 references) (MN)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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