Teaching Older Adults Essay by The Research Group

Teaching Older Adults
Defines and examines traditional pedagogical and more self-directed andragogical methods in leisure education, effectiveness, applicability and the centrality of an older adult's attitude to learning.
# 14611 | 1,350 words | 7 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2003 in Education (Adult Education) , Education (General) , Aging (General)

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"One of the principal challenges for the leisure profession in the next few decades will be the provision and management of learning programs for the elderly. The past two decades have witnessed an enormous growth in the demand for leisure education and as the population ages the need will become much greater. Since the 1970s education researchers have shown, however, that adult learning differs considerably from children's learning. In general adults are self-motivated, self-directed learners and ordinary pedagogical approaches do not fare well with such individuals. The term andragogy is used to describe "the process of helping adults learn or facilitating self-directed activities" and leisure professionals need a comprehensive understanding of andragogical principles as they apply to leisure education (O'Dell, 1997, p. 46). A review of the characteristics of ..."

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