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ERIC Number: ED493912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-15
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
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Time of Enrichment: How Older Adults Are Learning on Their Own
Roberson, Donald N., Jr.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate how older adults are learning on their own. Education has the power to be an agent of change, both individually and socially. Similarly, this research isolated how learning can impact the older person's life. Of particular interest was a more detailed description of this personal learning by employing a general qualitative design. Between September and November 2001 four older adults were purposefully selected and interviewed. Each interview lasted several hours and took place in the homes of the participants. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Each participant has been contacted since the interviews for clarification of data. During the interviews the participants were encouraged to show evidence of their personal learning. This research indicated that these older adults are involved in a variety of enriching learning activities. These findings are: Self-directed learning (SDL) is the focus of their time, leisure is the context of this learning, and there is a foundation of health and finances whereby these older adults continue to learn. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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