ERIC Number: EJ902836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Yearning for Learning in Regional Retirement: Seeking to Satisfy This through the University of the Third Age
Ellis, Bronwyn J.
Education in Rural Australia, v16 n1 p13-26 2006
Constant change necessitates lifelong learning for those in the workforce, if they are not to fall behind in the skills and knowledge needed as their occupations evolve. Learning new skills and knowledge remains a part of life for those no longer in paid employment. Not only is learning essential in order to keep up with changing needs and opportunities, and with new technologies used by businesses and service-deliverers, but also many retired persons feel that engaging in learning activities improves their quality of life. In some locations, an avenue where retired people seek "adventures in learning" is the University of the Third Age (U3A), thereby also meeting some of their social needs. This paper reports on a small research project investigating the impact of a provincial U3A on some of its members. An update on current participation and activities is included, along with suggestions for further development.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education, Retirement, Learning Activities, Universities, Profiles, Aging (Individuals), Educational History, Rural Education, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.spera.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia