Ageing, loss, and learning: Hong Kong and Australian seniors

Gillian M. BOULTON-LEWIS, Lucinda Charlotte PIKE, Siu Ling Maureen TAM, Laurie R. BUYS

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In this article, the discussion of loss and its relationship to learning is based on the analysis of interview data from 39 older adults in Hong Kong and 40 in Australia. The focus of the research was on ageing and learning. The phenomenon of life changes, specifically losses, and their relationship to learning was frequently mentioned, and this theme is described here. Three different kinds of loss were identified in the data as motivators for organized or nonorganized learning or for negatively affecting learning. These included loss of aspects of health, of job, or of partner. The results are potentially useful to policy makers and learning providers in encouraging older adults to engage in learning as one way of coping with loss. Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-100
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number2
Early online dateDec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Boulton-Lewis, G. M., Pike, L., Tam, M., & Buys, L. (2017). Ageing, loss, and learning: Hong Kong and Australian seniors. Educational Gerontology, 43(2), 89-100.


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