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Conceptions of aging and engagement in learning for a sample of lifelong intellectually disabled adults

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Buys, Laurie, & Tedman-Jones, Jan S. (2007) Conceptions of aging and engagement in learning for a sample of lifelong intellectually disabled adults. In Bissland, V. & McKenzie, B. (Eds.) A Legacy of Learning : Sharing Global Experiences of Learning in Later Life, 9-11 May 2007, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Abstract

This is a description of conceptions of ageing 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 to describe a model of active ageing for people who have a lifelong intellectual disability. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using phenomenography to identify conceptions of ageing and an inductive determination of engagement with learning. Semi-hierarchical conceptions of ageing were identified including; no conception, limited awareness, awareness of ageing effects, ageing 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 formalised education. The relationship between participants’ conceptions of ageing and engagement with learning are discussed. Although there is information in the literature about what older people believe constitutes active ageing there is little about active ageing and learning for people with a lifelong intellectual disability.

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ID Code: 21253
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Intellectual disability, ageing, learning, active ageing, older adults, computers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 10:41
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:45

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