Older Adult Education: A Guide to Research, Programs, and Policies / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

Provides a broad overview of education by and for people who identify themselves as associated with the later stages of life, whenever they believe that begins. Traces the changes over the past 10-15 years; describes specific programs now operating; profiles some of the people; and considers how education fits into the larger life of older people and how senior programs fit into education as a whole. Not a guide to setting up a program, but background for researchers and administrators of both education and elder programs who see the flood of baby-boomers just cresting the hill. Published in association with the Center for Creative Retirement at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313288784
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Lifelong Learning in an Aging Society 1
2 Older Learners and Programs in Historical Perspective 37
3 The Transformation of Older Learner Programs 83
4 The Impact of Institutional Policies on Older Adult Education 113
5 Older Adult Learning in the Technological Age 159
6 Generations Learning Together 173
App. A Leadership Council of Aging Organizations 189
App. B Additional Organizations Interested in Older Adult Education 199
App. C Older Adult Education Resources 201
App. D The Older Americans Act of 1965 (as Amended in 1992) 205
App. E Survey of Age-Based Tuition-Waiver Policies 207
App. F Guidelines for Library Service to Older Adults 213
App. G Life-Enrichment Opportunities 219
App. H The Aging Network 235
App. I U.S. Department of Education Organizational Chart 237
Index 239
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