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Older Adult Education: A Guide to Research, Programs, and Policies / Edition 1

Older Adult Education: A Guide to Research, Programs, and Policies / Edition 1


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This very first comprehensive book-length reference guide dealing with older adult education synthesizes current information about theoretical developments with specific practical details about the latest programs, policies, and research in the field. It is unique in placing the subject of lifelong learning into historical perspectives, discussing ways in which programs have been transformed over the last 15 to 20 years, and in considering the impact of institutional policies on older adult education.

This guide points to demographic trends relating to aging and older learners; discusses older learner motives in relation to program missions and rationales; describes new opportunities for retirement-age people and the special role of education today; reviews the history of 12 different types of programs; compares five community-based model programs in college and universities, senior centers, shopping centers, and churches and synagogues; considers computer and electronic learning programs; reviews research and programs dealing with intergenerational education; and assesses future prospects in the field. Appendices describe important organizations, programs, sources of information, state tuition waiver policies, and other guidelines and data. Relevant statistics, research findings, numerous tables, original documents, and anecdotes about the experiences of older learners further enrich this state-of-the discipline reference guide for academic, professional, and public libraries and broad audiences of teachers, students, professionls, and general readers concerned with older Americans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313288784
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/1995
Series: Surfactant Science
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

RONALD J. MANHEIMER is the executive director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he is also Research Associate Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of Older Americans Almanac (1994) and Developing Arts and Humanities Programming with the Elderly (1984). Formerly he was director of Older Adult Education for the National Council on the Aging, Inc. He has designed and directed educational programs for and with older adults through universities, museums, libraries, and community centers. Currently he also chairs the Older Adult Education Network of the American Society on Aging.

DENISE D. SNODGRASS is assistant director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. She specializes in leadership development among retirees and organizations working with older adults. She has coordinated numerous humanities projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and North and South Carolina Humanities Councils conducted by the NCCCR. She is also adjunct NCCCR instructor in the Department of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she teaches freshman composition.

DIANE MOSKOW-McKENZIE has over 15 years of work experience in the field of adult education. While with the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement she completed a national study of planning stages of over 250 older adult educational programs. She has authored articles, chapters, and directories dealing with older adult education.

Table of Contents




Lifelong Learning in an Aging Society

An Emerging Generation of Retirees: A Case Study

The Purpose of Education in an Aging Society

Attitudinal and Institutional Changes

Motivation for Education in Later Life

The Problem of Institutional Rationales

The New Paradigm: Lifelong Learning

Leadership and Community Service

Conclusion: The Politics and Promise of Older Adult Education

Older Learners and Programs in Historical Perspective

The Concept of the Third Age

Emergence of Older Adult Education in the United States

Intellectual Functioning of Older Adults

Adult versus Older Adult Education

National Policies and Older Adult Education

An Institutional History of Older Learner Programs

Support of Older Learners

The Transformation of Older Learner Programs

The Changing Picture

Five Models of Older Adult Education

A National Research Project on Older Adult Education

Research Findings

Determinants of Success

Prospects for the Future

The Impact of Institutional Policies on Older Adult Education

Public Policy and the Greying of the United States

Motivations of Major Stakeholders in Older Adult Education Policy

Governmental Policies Before 1965

Public Policy Responds to Older Americans

Effects of the Older Americans Act: National Policies after 1965

State Initiatives

Policies of Institutions

Policies of National Aging and Education Organizations

Implications and Trends in Older Adult Education Policy

Older Adult Learning in the Technological Age

Education in the Computer Age

Seniors and Technology

Computers and the Older Learner

Informal Learning and Communication

Distant Learning

Prognosis for the Future

Generations Learning Together

Intergenerational Learning

Rationales for Intergenerational Educational Programs

Transforming Effects of Intergenerational Education

Intergenerational versus Age-Segregated Programs

The Intergenerational Impulse and Imperative

Appendix: Introduction

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F

Appendix G

Appendix H

Appendix I


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