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ERIC Number: EJ1055554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Older Men as Learners: Irish Men's Sheds as an Intervention
Carragher, Lucia; Golding, Barry
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n2 p152-168 May 2015
To date, little attention has been placed on older men (aged 50+ years) as learners, with much of the literature on adult learning concerned with younger age-groups and issues around gender equity directed mainly at women. This article examines the impact of community-based men's sheds on informal and nonformal learning by older men in Ireland. It considers older men's attitudes to learning, learning behavior, and the noncognitive attributes--motivation, perseverance, and beliefs about capabilities--that underpin learning behavior. This descriptive study used a mixed-methods approach, involving questionnaires and focus groups, with all sheds registered with the Irish Men's Sheds Association invited to participate. It is concluded that men's sheds provide space for hands-on learning activities that add value to the lives and experiences of men beyond work, fostering a yearning to carry on learning. Crucially, shed-based conversations have an important role in helping older men with difficult life transitions and are an important site for future studies of masculinity in later life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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