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ERIC Number: EJ1118274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Learning in Later Life: A Bicultural Perspective from Aotearoa/New Zealand
Findsen, Brian
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v35 n5 p555-568 2016
This article is concerned with how learning in later life has been constructed and practised by the two most numerous ethnic groups in Aotearoa/New Zealand, "Pakeha" (Europeans) and "Maori" (Indigenous people). It is argued that learning is heavily influenced by historic features of interaction between these two groups; Pakeha as the dominant cultural and economic group and Maori as subordinate. While contemporary perspectives are necessarily interpreted in the light of historical trends and events, fresh interpretations of what constitutes biculturalism in this country allow for more nuanced understanding of possibilities for and obstacles to older adult learning/education. Themes from lifelong learning are analysed with special reference to older people's learning, the consequences of Maori sovereignty on pedagogy and trends identified for older adult education. Two linked case studies of Pakeha and Maori older adult education in a New Zealand university are described to illustrate complexities and tensions in provision in a bicultural context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A