A case for the inclusion of educational gerontology in adult education programs in Australian universities

Engelbrecht, Carol A. (2008) A case for the inclusion of educational gerontology in adult education programs in Australian universities. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


At the intersection of adult education and social gerontology, and propelled by the ageing phenomenon, educational gerontology has a critical place in the study of older adult education. To contend with older learners' needs, professional adult educators require an enhanced preparation, and concomitance to a reinvigoration of current adult learning programs to include the constructs of educational gerontology and the geragogical imperative. Through survey and interviews, this research investigated evidence of, and the capacity for, Australian Adult Education programs and Ageing Research centres to meet this requirement. Results of this case study indicate a paucity of evidence of educational gerontology in adult education programs, coupled with significant potential for capacity development in this field through collaboration with Ageing Research initiatives. The findings suggest an expansion of current curriculum in adult education programs to include aspects of educational gerontology, professional development of Adult Education academics in the specialized area of educational gerontology, and broader adult education engagement with external stakeholders and the ageing research community as a contribution to social betterment.

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ID Code: 16657
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Pillay, Hitendra & Fox, Patricia
Keywords: adult education, educational gerontology, ageing, social gerontology, older adults, geragogy, older workers, age management, gerontology
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Carol Anne Engelbrecht
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:07
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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