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Vautour, Charline – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2019
This paper focuses on the power dimension of social practices. The study sought to understand the literacy-related practices of a retired woman without a high-school diploma in everyday life and community activities. It drew on social practice theories, the New Literacy Studies, and transformative learning. The ethnographic approach chosen to…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Females, Retirement, Power Structure
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Yamashita, Takashi; Cummins, Phyllis A.; Millar, Roberto J.; Sahoo, Shalini; Smith, Thomas J. – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2019
The objective of this study is to examine the associations between the motivation to learn, basic skills (i.e. literacy and numeracy), and organised adult education and training (AET) participation among the middle-aged and older adults in the USA. Rapid technological advancement and globalisation necessitate individuals to engage in lifelong…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Basic Skills, Literacy, Numeracy
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Marcaletti, Francesco; Iñiguez Berrozpe, Tatiana; Koutra, Kleio – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2018
Education is the main vehicle for empowering adults, and can contribute to community wellbeing. However, regarding mature adults (MAs) (over 45 years old), age has been identified in various studies as a significant barrier to accessing educational activities. This paper focuses on MAs' motivations to learn through an exploratory survey undertaken…
Descriptors: Barriers, Older Adults, Adults, Foreign Countries
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Findsen, Brian; McEwan, Brett; McCullough, Sarah – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2011
Undertaken in the context of an ageing population and under-representation of older adults in formal education in Scotland, this paper reports on selected findings from research funded by the West of Scotland Wider Access Forum. Using a longitudinal design, the project sought, over a two-year period, to track the experiences of 85 working class…
Descriptors: Working Class, Older Adults, Foreign Countries, Aging (Individuals)
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Mulenga, Derek; Liang, Jr-Shiuan – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2008
This study investigated the factor structure of motivational constructs as expressed by older adult learners and examined how these constructs correlated with selected socio-demographic characteristics at the National Open University of Taiwan (NOUT). Results were based on the responses of 371 elders to the 32-item Reasons for Participation Scale…
Descriptors: Stimulation, Employment Level, Open Universities, Distance Education