ERIC Number: EJ907926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Researching Men's Sheds in Community Contexts in Australia: What Does It Suggest about Adult Education for Older Men?
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v14 n1 p17-33 Spr 2008
This paper reports on research into community-based men's sheds in Australia, focusing on how regular activity in these sheds impacts on the informal learning experiences of the mainly older men who use them. It leads to an exploration and reflection on how men's learning experiences in such sheds might inform adult and vocational education in community contexts for older men in other national and cultural contexts. Shed-based activity in community settings is found to provide a critically important, positive and therapeutic, male-positive context that satisfies a wide range of needs not currently available to older men in more formal education settings or in typical adult learning providers. Men's sheds in community contexts provide an important and voluntary social and community outlet for older retired men, particularly for working-class men who are less likely than other men and particularly women to participate in adult and community education. The research identifies the likely fruitfulness of more closely examining the role of informal learning in enhancing wellbeing through voluntary participation in community settings in other cultural and national contexts.
Descriptors: Informal Education, Community Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Males, Older Adults, Learning Experience, Cultural Context, Surveys, Interviews, Attachment Behavior, Housing, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia