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Complex Learning Preferences and Strategies of Older Adults

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posted on 2023-08-25, 03:06 authored by Brian L Delahaye, Lisa C Ehrich
The research reported in this study concerns older adults from Australia who voluntarily chose to learn the craft of woodturning. The paper examines the literature of adult learning under the themes of presage factors, the learning environment, instructional methods, and techniques for facilitators. The paper then reports on the analysis of two sections of a questionnaire completed by 123 respondents: the first on motivation to learn and the second on learning strategies. The older learners reported using both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, with intrinsic motivation constructed of both general and specific elements. There were four main learning strategies used: actively seeking knowledge, independent learning, dependent learning, and passively seeking knowledge.

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  • Article

Publication title

Educational Gerontology

Volume

34

Issue

8

Pagination

649-662

eISSN

1521-0472

ISSN

0360-1277

Department/School

Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication status

  • Published

Rights statement

Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis

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