ERIC Number: EJ1126328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Woodturning for Older Learners: A Real "Turn On"
Ehrich, Lisa C.; Delahaye, Brian L.
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v15 n1 p76-91 May 2009
The research reported in this study concerns older adults from Australia who voluntarily chose to learn the craft of woodturning. Semi-structured interviews and a survey questionnaire were distributed to members of a woodturning club to explore their motivations and the processes by which they learned how to woodturn. The findings indicated that participants' motivation could be construed as both intrinsic and extrinsic. They used seven approaches to learning--structured courses, instruction from convenors, modelling/watching/demonstrations, guided practice and monitoring by convenors, trial and error with practice, advice and help from peers, and reading. Finally, the positive climate of the organisation was found to be particularly important to the older learners.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Vocational Education, Woodworking, Finishing, Questionnaires, Learning Motivation, Nonformal Education, Likert Scales, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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