Qualitative

  • "How to have a birthday feeling younger"

    “Como cumplir años sintiéndote joven” This book offer us advice and support tools to leave a full life while we are getting older. El presente libro nos ofrece los consejos y herramientas para vivir plenamente a medida que envejecemos.

  • (2007) Learning Wellness: A Water Exercise Class in Zagreb, Croatia

    Donald N.Roberson, Jr.

    The research reported in this article investigated the dynamics of a water exercise class with older adults in Zagreb, Croatia. It focused on 3 classes of older swimmers at a community exercise center. A total of 105 participants were asked to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire contained items on demographics, use of free time, and the context of the class. In addition, 8 participants were interviewed for more detailed information. The findings were approved by several participants. A variety of people were trained to participate in the collection of data. The findings indicate that these older adults were primarily motivated to maintain and improve their health. Also important was the social dynamic of participating within a class. These older adults were very active in various projects outside of the exercise class. Interesting data also provide insightful information on the details of the swimming class, descriptions of health, and use of free time. In addition, the research provides a glimpse into the life of older adults and the culture of Zagreb, Croatia.

  • (2008) Don't stop me now! A report on the lifelong learning needs of older people in Ireland

    AONTAS (The National Adult Learning Organisation, Ireland)

    This research report sought to map the extent of provision of learning opportunities for older people in the adult and community education sector in Ireland, to consult older people to elicit their views on their own learning needs and to identify innovative ways to address those learning needs.

  • (2009) Learning through life: a study of older people with literacy difficulties in Ireland

    National Adult Literacy Agency (Ireland)

    This research report investigates the attitudes, experiences, and views of older people who have literacy difficulties. The research examines the rationales and processes which older people use in their daily lives in relation to literacy difficulties, their coping strategies and any barriers to learning which they identify.

  • (2010) Improving Learning in Later Life

    Alexandra Withnall

    This book is a significant empirical investigation of learning in later life through a mixed methodology of interviews, focus group discussions, learning diaries and questionnaires. It contains a critical overview of theoretical and philosophical approaches to later life learning in recent decades and indicates a wide range of informal and formal learning experiences among older people

  • (2010) Older workers, older learners: the contribution of employers in the British East Midlands

    Vanessa Beck

    Chapter in Cedefop publication 'Working and ageing: Emerging theories and empirical perspectives' which reports findings from a research project which investigated the relationship between involvement in learning and the retention of workers in the labour market in the East Midlands (UK). The focus of the research was on employers, their knowledge and understanding of an ageing workforce and their responses, in particular whether learning formed part of the response.

  • (2010) The role of education and training in helping older people to travel after the cessation of driving

    Charles Musselwhite, University of the West of England, UK

    This paper looks at the potential role of education and training in helping older people to gain confidence in using alternative transport modes when ceasing to drive. It reports on a qualitative piece of research involving 55 older people from the South of England who took part in interviews and focus groups and completed travel diaries. The findings suggest that formal travel information is accessed well, but that there is a dearth of information on more informal aspects of travelling, such as how practically to use a bus. It also identifies emotional and practical support for people ceasing to drive as being important.

  • (2011) A Better Life - what older people with high support needs value

    Jeanne Katz et al.

    Part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's 'A Better Life' programme, this paper: explores the views of older people and the factors that help or hinder them; and proposes a model which demonstrates how their needs could be met. The study involved a review of the literature on what older people and/or people with high support needs value in their lives, followed by qualitative fieldwork to verify the emerging themes. The study proposes a model of what older people with high support needs value in their lives.

  • (2011) A study of the co-operative learning model used by the University of the Third Age in the United Kingdom

    Rebecca Marsden, Lancaster University, UK

    This study examines the co-operative learning model of the University of the Third Age (U3A) as experienced by some members of the U3A in Northbridge (a pseudonym) and explores some of the variation in members’ experience of it. Phenomenographic analysis of the interview transcripts shows a variety of experience, from that of a didactic relationship between teacher and learners to full participation by all members of a group in planning of their learning programme and in leading individual sessions. U3A members report finding value in aspects of each of the four conceptions of co-operative learning identified by the phenomenographic analysis. The social and supportive nature of the U3A is found to be significant for the reported overall success of this application of a co-operative learning model.

  • (2011) Discourse on ageing in the autumn of life: language, indentity, society and learning in a Lebanese nursing home

    Hiba Ghandour, Rima Bahous, Nola Nahla Bacha, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

    This article describes a holistic investigation into aspects of the ageing process. It attempts to explore three different areas of enquiry that have served to centre clusters of research in the field: language and communicative abilities in old age; identity in old age; social values and practices in old age. It discusses a study of 20 residents in a nursing home in Beirut which aimed to investigate the use of narrative by the group to establish how different linguistic and communicative abilities, personal identities, and social values and practices had been shaped. It concludes by considering the implications for later life learning and research.

  • (2011) Grey matter really matters: learning opportunities and learning experiences of older people using social care services in England

    Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Middlesex University, UK

    This article reports on the findings of a small qualitative study, conducted in 2009, in which 20 in-depth interviews with older people using social care services in two different locations in England were used to explore learning needs and experiences within the context of social care provision. The findings suggest that exploration of the nature of learning and nurturing of more pedagogical approaches within traditional care provision have potential for achieving a more person-centered approach in social care. Based on a model developed by McClusky (1974), four potential areas of learning are explored in line with contemporary models of service user participation and involvement to be found in the social care literature. The findings from this study tentatively suggest that paying attention to older people’s learning needs within social care interventions may offer important vehicles for promoting self-directed care.

  • (2011) Learning in social relationships – a contribution to successful ageing?

    Carola Iller and Jana Wienberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany

    This paper explores the impact of social relationships on conditions of learning in later life. Using a meta-analysis of interdependencies between education and health in old age, it discusses the effects of social relationships and networks in the development of decision-making skills and coping strategies. The authors use qualitative data from the German Interdisciplinary Longitudinal Study of Adulthood (ILSE) to illustrate those effects. The results suggest that the quantity of social contacts has no effect on the quality of social networks and learning processes.

  • (2011) Music for Life Project: The role of participation in community music activities in promoting social engagement and well-being in older people

    Susan Hallam, Andrea Creech, Helena Gaunt, Anita Pincas, Maria Varvarigou, Hilary McQueen

    Presents findings from the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Music for Life Project. The aims of the project were: to explore the way in which participating in creative music-making activities can enhance the lives of older people; to consider the extent to which this may impact on social, emotional and cognitive well-being; and to consider the specific processes through which this occurs. Key findings from the research included: measures of well being were consistently higher amongst the music participants (n=398) than amongst the comparison group (n=102); there was some positive change over time on quality of life measures, for those involved in musical activities; participants reported social, cognitive, emotional and health benefits of participation in music; some barriers to participation were identified, relating to access to information, structural, dispositional and social issues.

  • (2011) Older adults in the cross-border areas of southern Portugal and Spain: shared narratives, learning and the construction of identity

    António Fragoso and Vânia Martins, University of the Algarve, Portugal

    This article is based on a piece of research conducted in the cross-border areas of southern Portugal and Spain, with the main aim of investigating the learning processes that take place in identity-building in two different generations (adults and older adults). The findings allow the authors to argue that the older generation was able to maintain relatively mixed social networks, which enabled opportunities for shared narratives and informal learning about those living on the other side of the border. By contrast, the younger generation grew apart from their neighbours so that their identity was partly defined by the separation. They attempt to conceptualise and systematise these interpretations into a holistic model which includes both informal learning and formal education.

  • (2011) Quality of life and ageing: the vision of older people of their lifestyle

    Fermina Rojo Pérez & Gloria Fernández Fernández Mayoralas et al.

    Calidad de vida y envejecimiento: la visión de los mayores sobre sus condiciones de vida. The monograph analyses the ageing phenomenon from the perspective of older people who are getting older at home and is based on a range of data on quality of life and home conditions. These include a survey of older people in Madrid; population and housing censuses; and population registers. The findings have implications for policy directed to maintaining older people in their homes with the highest quality of life.La monografía ofrece un análisis del envejecimiento desde la perspectiva del individuo mayor que envejece en casa, a través del conocimiento de las condiciones y de la calidad de vida de esta población.

  • (2012) Benefits of learning a foreign language in later life; a study of the perceptions of older British adults

    Rebecca Hooker, UK

    The article presents findings from an interview study of 15 British older adults learning a foreign language. The participants are between 45 - 75 years old and from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds. Influenced by 'hermeneutic psychology', the study focuses on the benefits of 'leisure language learning.' It identifies and evidences multiple personal benefits experienced by these learners.

  • (2012) Creative Ageing: Exploring Social Capital and Arts Engagement in Later Life

    Jackie Reynolds, Staffordshire University

    Reporting on a study exploring the meanings that older people attach to their participation in group arts activities throughout their lives. The study involved qualitative interviews with 24 (8 male and 16 female) participants connected to a case-study town in the English Midlands. The study ultimately argued that "resourceful ageing‟ is a valuable concept for gerontologists (see UN 1999).

  • (2012) Engagement of older adults in higher education: International perspectives from New Zealand and Scotland

    Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, New Zealand

    This article explores the issue of older adults’ access to and participation in higher education in two countries, Aotearoa New Zealand and Scotland. It discusses older adults’ engagement with regard to patterns of participation and provision, using a critical educational gerontology approach. The two case studies, one in more theoretical terms, the other empirically-based, illustrate the complexities surrounding older people’s engagement through the lens of a political economy. The paper argues for more proactive policies at both institutional and governmental levels to improve recruitment, retention and successful outcomes for older adults

  • (2012) Flexible Employment: How employment and the use of flexibility policies through the life course can affect later life occupation and financial outcomes

    Elaine Alden

    A report, providing the findings of a recent qualitative research project sponsored by Age UK, on flexible employment and older workers. It focuses on how employment and the use of flexibility policies through the life course can affect later life occupation and financial outcomes, and how these policies actually exist in ‘practice’ for employees aged 50+.

  • (2012) Invecchiamento della popolazione, politiche del lavoro e del life-long learning.

    ISFOL - Istituto per lo sviluppo della formazione professionale dei lavoratori .

    CD ROM. I contenuti presentati sono frutto dell’attività del gruppo di lavoro inter-Dipartimento sul tema dell’invecchiamento attivo, svolta in occasione dell’Anno europeo dell’invecchiamento attivo e della solidarietà tra le generazioni. I contributi presentati rappresentano i lavori più recenti prodotti dall’ISFOL sul tema, nell’ambito del Piano di Attività FSE 2012/2013 - Obiettivo Convergenza/Competitività, Asse Occupabilità.