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

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Social Science - 245 pages
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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.

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Lifelong Learning in an Aging Society
Older Learners and Programs in Historical Perspective
The Transformation of Older Learner Programs

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About the author (1995)

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.

DENISE D. SNODGRASS is assistant director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement.

DIANE MOSKOW-McKENZIE has over 15 years of work experience in the field of adult education.

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