ERIC Number: EJ1066968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Captivating Lifelong Learners in the Third Age: Lessons Learned from a University-Based Institute
Talmage, Craig A.; Lacher, R. Geoffrey; Pstross, Mikulas; Knopf, Richard C.; Burkhart, Karla A.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n3 p232-249 Aug 2015
The prevalence of learning providers for third agers continues to expand alongside the growth of the older adult population, yet there remains little empirical evidence on what types of learning experiences are most desired by lifelong learners. This article examines the effects that different learning topics have on attendance at classes hosted by a university-based lifelong learning institute, asking, "Which learning topics draw enrollment in a lifelong learning program?" Registration data were collected from 7,332 attendees of 290 learning experiences held over four semesters; class topics were coded and analyzed using a multivariate regression procedure. Results indicate that lifelong learners are more interested in classes concerning global issues, religion/philosophy, and social issues focusing on particular groups and individuals. The results remain significant after accounting for structural arrangements such as class time, day of the week, number of sessions, and location. Implications for enhancing lifelong learning experiences and programs are discussed.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Adult Students, Adult Education, Older Adults, Course Content
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Education Level: Adult Education
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