Older academics : motivation to keep working

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. & Buys, Laurie (2014) Older academics : motivation to keep working. World Journal of Education, 4(6), pp. 66-77.

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This is an interpretive – descriptive analysis of responses to 41 open ended questionnaires returned by cademicsworking beyond normal retirement age. The sample consisted mainly of academics from the United Kingdom,Australia, and New Zealand. The research addressed the question of what motivates some academics to continueworking beyond the ‘usual’ retirement age. The main motivation for continuing was strong interest and commitment,particularly to research and writing. Some also gave social, financial, and other reasons for continuing. Those not infull time employment described barriers, including finance and facilities and the support that they needed to maintaintheir activities. In most countries institutional and government policies made it possible for them to stay involvedacademically even if it meant making a personal effort. Most of them would have liked better support or recognitionfrom their universities. The results suggest that universities should more actively support older academics incontinuing activity.

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ID Code: 80843
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: academics, ageing, continuing engagement, qualitative, open ended questionnaire
DOI: 10.5430/wje.v4n6p66
ISSN: 1925-0754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 02:48
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015 01:15

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