Older Australians : Structural barriers to learning in later life

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian, Aird, Rosemary, & Buys, Laurie (2016) Older Australians : Structural barriers to learning in later life. Current Aging Science, 9(3), pp. 188-195.

[img] PDF (407kB)
Administrators only until May 2017 | Request a copy from author

View at publisher


Learning in older age is associated with a wide range of benefits including increases in skills, social interactions, self-satisfaction, coping ability, enjoyment, and resilience to age-related changes in the brain. It is also recognized as being a fundamental component of active ageing and if active ageing objectives are to be met for the growing ageing population, barriers to learning for this group need to be fully understood so that they can be properly addressed. This paper reports on findings from a study aimed at determining the degree that structural factors deter older people aged 55 years and older from engaging in learning activities relative to other factors, based on survey (n=421) and interview (n=40) data. Quantitative and qualitative analyses revealed that factors related to educational institutions as well as infrastructure were commonly cited as barriers to participation in learning. The implications of these and other findings are discussed.

Impact and interest:

1 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 95464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: learning, older adults, Australia, barriers, age
DOI: 10.2174/1874609809666160506122131
ISSN: 1874-6128
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Bentham Science
Deposited On: 16 May 2016 00:05
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 04:43

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page