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ERIC Number: ED443996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-15
Pages: 36
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The Impact of Travel on Older Adults: An Exploratory Investigation.
Roberson, Donald N.
The impact of travel on older adults was examined through semi-structured interviews of a purposively selected sample of eight individuals ranging in age from 56 to 89 years. The interviews were designed to determine whether interviewees' travel had resulted in any transformative learning experiences. The participants (three Caucasian married couples, one Caucasian single woman, and one African American single man) were selected for the study because they were frequent travelers, and it was thought that they would likely have had significant travel experiences. All were college educated, financially responsible, and involved with their children and grandchildren. None of those interviewed demonstrated any evidence of a perspective transformation resulting from their travels. Nor did the interviews reveal any truly disorienting dilemmas that would likely bring about such transformation. Nevertheless, there was clear evidence of change in the meaning schemes of the study participants. The following four themes emerged from the interviews: (1) a new perspective on "all that we know"; (2) a changed sense of self; (3) disruption of assumptions as a result of new experiences; and (4) a deepened sense of understanding or complexification. (Contains 28 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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