Older People as learners - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


PPT – Older People as learners PowerPoint presentation | free to view - id: 1ea06c-ZDc1Z


The Adobe Flash plugin is needed to view this content

Get the plugin now

View by Category
About This Presentation

Older People as learners


As a counter-discourse' it reveals the weight of the discourse of old age as ... With a loss of work roles, respect' becomes of critical importance. ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

Number of Views:21
Avg rating:3.0/5.0
Slides: 19
Provided by: aacspcstoe


Write a Comment
User Comments (0)
Transcript and Presenter's Notes

Title: Older People as learners

Older People as learners
  • Jonathan Hughes
  • Lecturer
  • Centre for Widening Participation
  • The Open University

Older People as learners
  • My research has been looking at the different
    ways older people are viewed as learners
  • From perspectives of
  • Government
  • F.E. colleges
  • Older people (themselves)

Older People as Learners
  • Government Perspective(s)
  • Could be summed up as
  • Older People? Learners?
  • Policy on Lifelong Learning
  • The Learning Age (Green Paper - 1998)
  • Learning to Succeed (White Paper 1999)
  • Learning and Skills Act - 2001

Older People as Learners
  • This process focuses on work
  • Meeting employer need
  • Making providers more relevant
  • Urging learners to take responsibility to

Older People as Learners
  • Older People?
  • (e.g. Winning the Generation Game -2000)
  • Ignored as learners
  • Attempt to re-define old age as later working
  • Problems to do with long life, welfare provision
    and pensions

Older People as Learners
  • 5 senior college managers interviewed
  • Emergent themes
  • Community
  • Work
  • Need

Older People as Learners
  • Community
  • Separate
  • Site of unmet need
  • In need of support
  • But needs investigation

Older People as Learners
  • Work
  • Occasionally employment
  • More often whats done in college

Older People as Learners
  • Need
  • Deficits (out there)
  • Passive needs of learners
  • Active colleges? we need to

Older People as Learners
  • In neither of these views does the view point of
    older learners themselves figure
  • So I ran 3 workshops between September 2003 and
    January 2004 involving some 75 people

Older People as Learners
  • So how do older people see themselves?
  • For these groups, learning was about being well
    connected and well informed

Older People as Learners
  • To an extent accept ideas about older people
  • Some people do not take easily to learning
    their brains are not as quick as they once were

Older People as Learners
  • The stress is on maintaining themselves
  • To keep brain active to be able to converse with
    younger people to gain confidence to be able to
    go forward to have a go at anything

Older People as Learners
  • In this context active becomes central to the
    discourse that these older people were trying to
  • It relates to maintaining social networks.
  • And to staving off unwanted consequences of old

Older People as Learners
  • As a counter-discourse it reveals the weight of
    the discourse of old age as decline and
  • To an extent accepts this discourse.
  • But also seeks to create a space where self
    esteem and respect can develop.

Older People as Learners
  • With a loss of work roles, respect becomes of
    critical importance.
  • S But I think you do get respect because you say
    to them, and they go, Ooh, whos done that
    poster? And you go, Ive done that!
  • B You go up in their estimate

Older People as Learners
  • So older people seek out learning not to acquire
    subject knowledge
  • And definitely not to re-skill for paid work
  • But rather, by using learning as a measure of
    activity, to stay healthy, maintain respect and
    develop social networks.

Older People as Learners
  • Male participant in workshop 3
  • I reckon that the government wants us to die at
  • Female participant
  • And women to die at 59!
About PowerShow.com