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ERIC Number: EJ1164217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
The Engagement of Universities in Older Adult Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
Findsen, Brian
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v57 n3 p366-383 Nov 2017
This article investigates the engagement of universities in older adult education in the specific context of Aotearoa New Zealand. Initially, the broader context of the tertiary education system and the place of universities within it are explained. Not unexpectedly adult education, and particularly older adult education, exists only on the margins of the system. Significant achievements in the past in regard to universities' contribution to older adult education are acknowledged before judging the effectiveness of current engagement, using Peterson's (1976) definition of educational gerontology as a benchmark. Globally, there are adventurous moves afoot to extend the vision and practices of universities to embrace elders as legitimate partners in learning. The article explores potential engagement by reviewing some global examples including an exemplary "traditional" programme, inter-generational learning/education, an application of the Age Friendly University concept and two solid research studies of older adult education conducted in sites in Europe and Asia. The article concludes by reflecting on the possible application of these initiatives in the New Zealand context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom (Scotland); Taiwan
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