ERIC Number: EJ722427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 75
Masters of Adaptation: Learning in Late Life Adjustments
Roberson, Jr., Donald N.
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v61 n4 p265-291 2005
The purpose of this research is to understand the relationship between human development in older adults and personal learning. Personal or self-directed learning (SDL) refers to a style of learning where the individual directs, controls, and evaluates what is learned. It may occur with formal classes, but most often takes place in non-formal situations. This study employed a descriptive qualitative design incorporating in-depth, semi-structured interviews for data collection. The sample of 10 purposefully selected older adults from a rural area reflected diversity in gender, race, education, and employment. Data analysis was guided by the constant comparative method. The primary late life adjustments of these older adults were in response to having extra time, changes in family, and social and physical loss. This research also indicated that late life adjustments are a primary incentive for self-directed learning. The results of this study indicated that older adults become masters of adaptation through the use of self-directed learning activities.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Rural Areas, Older Adults, Individual Development, Independent Study, Learning Activities, Adjustment (to Environment), Independent Study, Coping
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