ERIC Number: EJ820032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Lifelong Learning: Becoming Computer Savvy at a Later Age
Seals, Cheryl D.; Clanton, Kelley; Agarwal, Ravikant; Doswell, Felicia; Thomas, Chippewa M.
Educational Gerontology, v34 n12 p1055-1069 Dec 2008
Senior citizens represent the fastest growing demographic worldwide. As indicated in the Year 2000 U.S. Census, there are 35 million people 65 or older in the United States (U.S.). By 2030, it is estimated that there will be about 70 million older adults in the U.S. alone (Chadwick-Dias, McNulty, & Tullis, 2003). With the older population growing rapidly and being increasingly exposed to computer technology, it is important that they become informed of what computers can do for them, (e.g., e-mail, document creation, games, and access to information via the Internet) (Shapira, Barak, & Gal, 2007; White, McConnell, Clipp, Branch, Sloane et al., 2002). The longitudinal study presented employs a mixed method data collection and analysis approach that includes the use of standardized surveys, measures of physical fitness and physiology, observations in the retirement community, and structured interviews. Drawing upon Auburn University faculty in the College of Engineering, senior citizens participated in workshops designed to develop their skills in computing. The potential significance of the project was to create a valid and reliable model for outreach to retirement and assisted living communities and other centers for senior citizens.
Descriptors: Retirement, Physical Fitness, Access to Information, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Physiology, Computers, Interviews, Computer Literacy, Electronic Mail, Word Processing, Games, Internet, Workshops, Demography, Surveys, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama