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ERIC Number: EJ787384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Retirement as a Learning Process
Hodkinson, Phil; Ford, Geoff; Hodkinson, Heather; Hawthorn, Ruth
Educational Gerontology, v34 n3 p167-184 Mar 2008
This article draws upon a major qualitative empirical research investigation in Great Britain to explore the relationships between retirement and learning. Though retirement is frequently viewed as an event leading to a life stage, our data show that it can perhaps be best understood as a lengthy process. This process begins well before actual retirement in most cases, and it continues well after any symbolic retirement event. Through this process of change, it is common for persons to be retired by one definition but not by another. The article shows that if we adopt recent understandings of learning as a process of becoming--incorporating informal as well as formal learning--then retirement is a process and learning is an inevitable, integral part of that process. We conclude by suggesting some implications that follow from understanding retirement in this way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom