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ERIC Number: EJ887076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Participation Patterns and Learning Selections of Senior Members of a Learning in Retirement Organization
Truluck, Janet; Kim, Young Sek; Valentine, Thomas
Adult Learning, v21 n1-2 p31-36 Win-Spr 2010
Developing educational programs for older adults who are highly educated and healthy is necessary in order to meet the learning needs for this specific group. One response to this demand for educational programs is the Learning in Retirement Organization (LIR). LIR began in New York City in 1962 as an educational program for retired professionals. Since that time, the organization has grown to include more than 260 "institutes for learning in retirement" established at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. This particular study focused on a Learning in Retirement program at a large land grant institution. This LIR was founded in 1994 with just a few interested members, but has grown to more than 500 members. Although the rapid growth in membership had been seen as a positive aspect for the organization, there has been a growing concern about how to effectively manage the organization and continue to provide relevant programs and activities to the members. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of satisfaction of the members with the programs offered and to identify new areas of interest. Therefore the following questions were addressed: (a) what is the perceived importance of the current programs and activities; (b) which activities have the largest participation rates; (c) which volunteer roles have most members served in; and (d) which future activities would members participate in. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States