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ERIC Number: EJ805733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1551-3696
Senior Surfing: Computer Use, Aging, and Formal Training
Warren-Peace, Paula; Parrish, Elaine; Peace, C. Brian; Xu, Jianzhong
AACE Journal, v16 n3 p253-274 2008
In this article, we describe data from two case studies of seniors (one younger senior and one older senior) in learning to use computers. The study combined interviews, observations, and documents to take a close look at their experiences with computers, as well as the influences of aging and computer training on their experiences. The study revealed that seniors benefited from their use of computers, ranging from the magic of email and the World Wide Web to the personal fulfillment of lifelong learning, independence, and enrichment. It further suggests that the kind of structured guidance formal computer classes provide to seniors matters more than aging or if seniors have higher formal education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A