A model of integrating elder learning into higher education: A case from a Hong Kong university

Siu Ling Maureen TAM, Alice Xue WU

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Abstract

This article describes a learning unit for seniors within a university in Hong Kong, as an example of offering lifelong learning opportunities for senior adults. This article reports and discusses findings from a small-scale research study conducted at the unit, which aimed to explore the effectiveness of the current mode of integrating elder learning into higher education, specifically how this related to the promotion of intergenerational learning between elders and university students. This article reports on the findings of a quantitative survey conducted with elders, university students and instructors, in order to compare their views on the impact of a mixed intergenerational classroom and to identify the benefits of elder learning. The most positive impact of the mixed-class arrangement was upon the elder learners, who reported very positive learning experiences and a number of positive benefits to learning. All three groups positively reported that the class arrangement did improve intergenerational learning. Whilst all three groups responded very positively to the mixed-class arrangement and presence of elders, there were less positive responses reported from both undergraduates and their instructors as to the impact of elders in the same class upon helping undergraduates learn better. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Early online dateJul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2020

Citation

Tam, M., & Wu, A. X. (2020). A model of integrating elder learning into higher education: A case from a Hong Kong university. International Journal of Lifelong Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02601370.2020.1786744

Keywords

  • Elder learning
  • Higher education
  • Hong Kong
  • Intergenerational

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