Ageing in Fiji : how older teachers perceive ageing and their lives

Lingam, Govinda Ishwar & Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. (2012) Ageing in Fiji : how older teachers perceive ageing and their lives. American Journal of Human Ecology, 1(2), pp. 65-70.

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Abstract

Worldwide the population is ageing and data concerning how people want to age actively is limited. The paper is a description of an inductive interpretive-descriptive study of how a sample of older retired teachers in Fiji viewed ageing and their lives as older people. The objectives were to determine and describe perceptions of ageing held by a sample of retired teachers. The methodology consisted of responses to an open ended questionnaire similar to a phenomenographic approach and the analysis was interpretive – descriptive. A purposive sample of 30 retired teachers between the ages of 55 and 60 responded to the questionnaire. The results indicate that most of the respondents were positive about lifelong learning and in particular learning new things; that they were involved in a range of post retirement activities for personal and financial reasons; that there were some barriers and facilitators to their activities; that they generally accepted ageing and being older; and that more should be done by Government and other agencies to provide for a better life for older people in Fiji. These results should be considered in future planning for ageing populations in Fiji, the Pacific region and in other developing countries.

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ID Code: 75270
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ageing, Developing countries, Retirement, Teachers, Fiji
ISSN: 2167-9622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 World Scholars
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2014 23:52
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 22:56

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