Active Ageing, Active Learning: Issues and Challenges by Gillian Boulton-Lewis, Maureen Tam

By Gillian Boulton-Lewis, Maureen Tam

This publication is anxious with the overall problems with getting old, studying and schooling for the aged after which with the extra particular problems with why, how and what elders are looking to examine. This monograph contains 10 chapters written through a variety of the world over popular researchers and scholar-practitioners within the box.

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In general, participants were confident that they could successfully address learning needs related to health, safety, leisure and transportation but not those associated with technology. Boulton-Lewis et al. (2006) also found that although older adults learn more slowly, need more practice and their interests vary, in most cases their motivation is strong enough to learn new skills and to continue living fully through learning. Significant factors for continued active learning were being female, having good physical health, level of prior education, good mental/emotional health, being younger, living in regional areas, not being retired and being a higher income earner.

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Withnall, A. (2006). Exploring influences on later life learning. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 25(1), 29–49. Chapter 3 Issues in Learning and Education for the Ageing* Gillian M. Boulton-Lewis Introduction The world’s population is ageing rapidly. According to United Nations statistics, people aged 60 and above made up 11% (705 million) of the world’s population in 2007. By 2050, the percentage is expected to double with about 22% (two billion) of the world’s population aged 60 years and over (United Nations 2007).

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