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Management and organisational barriers in the acquisition of computer usage skills by mature age workers

Keogh, Mark W. (2009) Management and organisational barriers in the acquisition of computer usage skills by mature age workers. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 28(3), pp. 122-126.

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Abstract

Aim: To investigate workplace cultures in the acquisition of computer usage skills by mature age workers.

Methods: Data were gathered through focus groups conducted at job network centres in the Greater Brisbane metropolitan region. Participants who took part were a mixture of workers and job-seekers.

Results: The results suggest that mature age workers can be exposed to inappropriate computer training practices and age-insensitive attitudes towards those with low base computer skills.

Conclusions: There is a need for managers to be observant of ageist attitudes in the work place and to develop age-sensitive strategies to help mature age workers learn computer usage skills. Mature age workers also need to develop skills in ways which are practical and meaningful to their work.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 27134
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: computer usage skills, management practices , mature age workers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00371.x
ISSN: 1741-6612
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 John Wiley and Sons
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2009 09:33
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:19

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