ERIC Number: ED478142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Informal Learning of Seniors in Canadian Society. NALL Working Paper.
Informal learning by Canadian seniors was examined through semi-structured interviews with a purposefully selected group of 51 older Canadians (28 women and 23) who ranged in age from 58 to 95 years (average age, 73.7). All were retired or semi-retired, and all had engaged in several learning projects over the previous year in topics such as the following: self-knowledge, health, relationships, current affairs, social justice, history, spirituality, the arts, philosophy, computers, homemaking, and genealogy. Equal numbers of interviewees preferred learning alone and learning in groups. A few preferred one-on-one coaching or dialogue. When asked about their methods of learning, the interviewees mentioned learning by doing (32 times), by reading (33 times), through discussion (35 times), by watching (26 times), and by listening (27 times). The resources they used depended on topic and circumstances, with print media, people, and computers being mentioned by 44, 32, and 14 interviewees, respectively. Thirty-five adults stated that learning had always been important to them. Most participants were enthusiastic about the contributions that learning made to their lives, with 20 describing it as vital to their survival. Thirty-one interviewees stated that they spent more time on learning now than in their younger years, and 11 said they spent less time learning now than previously. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Opportunities, Educational Trends, Independent Study, Informal Education, Interviews, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Lifelong Learning, National Surveys, Older Adults, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Trend Analysis
For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/new/fisher.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada