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ERIC Number: EJ1060104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-8211
Learning in Retirement and Old Age: An Agenda for the 21st Century
Istance, David
European Journal of Education, v50 n2 p225-238 Jun 2015
This article is about education and learning for the "retired". In using this term, it is recognised that any such definitions and given age bands cover a wide range of situations and learning needs. Such diversity should closely inform the educational agenda for older adults, and as it is a life phase defined by challenge and change "learning to be" encapsulates much that is essential to that agenda. The international evidence shows how rapidly our societies are ageing, and how much longer is spent in retirement: so rapid is that change and so large the numbers of seniors and the elderly that the active nature of learning represents a critical aspect of response to this major phenomenon. Contrary to a popular image of declining skills and capacities, the evidence reveals a much more nuanced picture of capability among the retired. Comparisons are drawn with the early childhood sector, which had parallel characteristics but which has since moved rapidly upwards among policy priorities. In conclusion, the article argues that "active ageing" rather than "lifelong learning" represents a more promising embracing framework through which to develop learning in retirement and old age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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