Engaging Older Adults with Modern Technology

Engaging Older Adults with Modern Technology

by Robert Z. Zheng, Robert D. Hill, Michael K. Gardener
     
 

The study of older adults and internet use has emerged as a specific area of interest which covers a wide range of topics ranging from behaviors of senior adults in information search to attitude toward the internet, to the use of the internet for personal and health issues, and to cognitive constrains of seniors in Internet use.
Engaging Older Adults with

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The study of older adults and internet use has emerged as a specific area of interest which covers a wide range of topics ranging from behaviors of senior adults in information search to attitude toward the internet, to the use of the internet for personal and health issues, and to cognitive constrains of seniors in Internet use.
Engaging Older Adults with Modern Technology: Internet Use and Information Access Needs takes a structured approach to the research in aging and digital technology in which older adults' use of internet and other forms of digital technologies is studied through the lenses of cognitive functioning, motivation, and affordances of new technology. This book identifies the role and function of internet and other forms of digital technology in older adult learning. It also bridges the theories with practices in older adults' internet/digital technology use by focusing on effective design and development of internet and other digital technologies for older adults' learning.  This title is targeted towards educators globally with an emphasis on diverse aspects in older adult and internet learning that include learner characteristics, cognition, design principles and applications.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Zheng, Robert D. Hill, and Michael K. Gardner (all educational psychology, Univ. of Utah) provide a detailed look into current research involving digital technologies and Internet use among an aging population. On the surface, this book appears to be formulated along the lines of a university textbook. However, the contents more closely resemble a collection of high-level research papers ordinarily found in peer-reviewed journals. The book has a strong focus on research into cognitive psychology, technological and instructional design, and technology's role in health interventions for seniors. In this light, the title is somewhat misleading, as readers may be expecting a resource dedicated to creating training and development programs related to computer education for senior audiences. While some chapters provide practical instructional design recommendations, these are primarily directed at adult and senior education experts rather than standard adult educators or trainers. All content, both theoretical and practical, features extremely high-level research heavy with technical terms and field-specific jargon. This book will be beyond the understanding of average readers, but those with subject specialization in areas regarding senior education, aging and cognition, or technology and health informatics will find it rich in interesting material. VERDICT A highly specialized, thorough resource for researchers involved with technology development for aging populations. —Lauren Sergy, Alberta Lib., Edmonton, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466619661
Publisher:
IGI Global
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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