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Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M.; Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2018
There has not been ample recent research on teaching older adults. However, as described below, there is mounting research in how and why older adults want to learn. This brief discussion is derived from work undertaken for a workshop in Hong Kong on issues in teaching older adults. It combines recent research on learning and teaching in higher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Older Adults, Adult Education
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2018
Facing the challenges of a fast-growing ageing population -- amidst the worldwide trends of declining birth rates and longer lifespans -- the Hong Kong government has since two decades ago developed and implemented policies and plans for senior adults in Hong Kong to engage in third age learning, both formally and informally. This paper first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Adult Education, Educational Gerontology
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2018
This paper discusses retirement as a learning process, where learning, be it formal or informal, enables retirees to adjust to the transition from work to retirement. Such discussion is important given the fact that the world population is aging and that more people are retiring in the next few decades. Moreover, people are experiencing an…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Retirement, Preretirement Education
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Tam, Maureen; Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; Buys, Laurie; Chui, Ernest – Educational Gerontology, 2017
This article is an overview and summary of the findings from a General Research Fund project funded (2012-2014) by the Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong to investigate cross cultural understanding of ageing and learning by seniors in Hong Kong and Australia. Results have been published separately in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Aging (Individuals), Older Adults, Qualitative Research
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Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M.; Pike, Lucinda; Tam, Maureen; Buys, Laurie – Educational Gerontology, 2017
In this article, the discussion of loss and its relationship to learning is based on the analysis of interview data from 39 older adults in Hong Kong and 40 in Australia. The focus of the research was on ageing and learning. The phenomenon of life changes, specifically losses, and their relationship to learning was frequently mentioned, and this…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Older Adults, Learning, Foreign Countries
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2014
Successful aging and lifelong learning are value-laden concepts that are culturally determined. To this effect, people with different value systems and cultural backgrounds may perceive and understand these two concepts differently, resulting in different definitions and conceptualizations by people in diverse cultural contexts. There have been…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Cultural Influences
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2014
This article shares the experience of the development, implementation, and evaluation of a service learning course that aims at promoting intergenerational learning between university students and older adults through engagement in community service. It is through service learning that the course purports to achieve intergenerational learning and…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Intergenerational Programs, College Students, Older Adults
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2013
This article presents the Elder Academy (EA) Network as the policy and practice in promoting active ageing through elder learning in Hong Kong. First, the article examines how the change in demographics and the prevalent trend of an ageing population have propelled the government in Hong Kong to tackle issues and challenges brought about by an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Aging (Individuals), Cultural Influences, Political Influences
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2012
This paper describes and conceptualizes the meaning of lifelong learning from two cultural perspectives--East and West. It examines the different principles underpinning lifelong learning that explain why and how elders in the two cultures engage differently in continued learning. Finally, it discusses the cultural impact on elder learning by…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Adult Learning, Comparative Education
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Tam, Maureen – Educational Gerontology, 2012
This paper explores the notions of active ageing and elder learning in Hong Kong where a strategic approach to elderly education is applied by the government to encourage lifelong learning. The paper outlines the policy development and support for elder learning in Hong Kong in two distinct periods: pre-1997 and post-1997. The post-1997 period is…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Foreign Countries