Learning among older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Buys, Elinor Laurie R., & Tedman-Jones, Jan S. (2008) Learning among older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities. Educational Gerontology: an international journal, 34(4), 282 -291.

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A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. This article includes a description of conceptions of aging and engagement with learning for 16 older people (52 to 80 years; mean age 62 years) with a lifelong intellectual disability. The sample also included the care workers and family member/friend. The older people had sufficient verbal skills to participate in the interviews. Half the sample was in Queensland and half in Victoria. The data are from research that describes a model of active aging for people who have a lifelong intellectual disability. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using phenomenography to identify conceptions of aging and an inductive determination of engagement with learning. Semihierarchical conceptions of aging were identified including no conception, limited awareness, awareness of aging effects, aging as requiring preparation, and an overall understanding. Engagement with learning was classified as low, medium, or high. Most learning occurred at a low level involving observation and copying rather than formalized education. The relationship between participants' conceptions of aging and engagement with learning are discussed. Although there is information in the literature about what older people believe constitutes active aging, there is little about active aging and learning for people with a lifelong intellectual disability. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)

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ID Code: 19103
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Older Adults, Mental Retardation, Aging (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Interviews, Learning Processes, Time on Task, Caseworkers, Attitudes
DOI: 10.1080/03601270701883890
ISSN: 0360-1277
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: The author-version of this article will be available 12 months after publication. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2009 23:57
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:42

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