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TitleA cross-cultural study in older adults’ learning experience
 
AuthorsLeung, AYM
Chi, I
Lui, YH
 
KeywordsAged
Cross-cultural comparison
Learning
 
Issue Date2006
 
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htm
 
CitationAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2006, v. 1 n. 2, p. 78-83 [How to Cite?]
 
AbstractObjective. To investigate the differences or similarities in older adults’ preferences regarding choice of courses, perceived benefits, and difficulties encountered. Methods. A cross-cultural survey in older adults’ experiences in laterlife learning was conducted. Of 1585 questionnaires sent to the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, and China, 560 (35%) were completed and returned by December 2001. Results. About 67% of the respondents were interested in hobby/ interest courses and 56% preferred knowledge-driven courses. There was a significant difference in course choices among the four countries (p<0.05). Most older adults learned for personal satisfaction and social network building. Only 8% of respondents claimed that they had difficulties in keeping up with the pace of learning. Lack of time and problems of travelling, health, and financial constraints were difficulties encountered by older adults during learning; the differences between the four countries were significant (p<0.001). Conclusion. Discussion is made on cultural difference in later-life learning. The findings of this survey provide insights for the future formulation of learning environments for older adults.
 
DescriptionThe article can be viewed at http://hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/v1n2/78-T1.pdf
 
ISSN1819-1576
 
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYM
 
dc.contributor.authorChi, I
 
dc.contributor.authorLui, YH
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:41:09Z
 
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:41:09Z
 
dc.date.issued2006
 
dc.description.abstractObjective. To investigate the differences or similarities in older adults’ preferences regarding choice of courses, perceived benefits, and difficulties encountered. Methods. A cross-cultural survey in older adults’ experiences in laterlife learning was conducted. Of 1585 questionnaires sent to the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, and China, 560 (35%) were completed and returned by December 2001. Results. About 67% of the respondents were interested in hobby/ interest courses and 56% preferred knowledge-driven courses. There was a significant difference in course choices among the four countries (p<0.05). Most older adults learned for personal satisfaction and social network building. Only 8% of respondents claimed that they had difficulties in keeping up with the pace of learning. Lack of time and problems of travelling, health, and financial constraints were difficulties encountered by older adults during learning; the differences between the four countries were significant (p<0.001). Conclusion. Discussion is made on cultural difference in later-life learning. The findings of this survey provide insights for the future formulation of learning environments for older adults.
 
dc.descriptionThe article can be viewed at http://hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/v1n2/78-T1.pdf
 
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2006, v. 1 n. 2, p. 78-83 [How to Cite?]
 
dc.identifier.epage83
 
dc.identifier.hkuros119198
 
dc.identifier.issn1819-1576
 
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/88275
 
dc.identifier.volume1
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htm
 
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics
 
dc.rightsAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Copyright © Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press.
 
dc.subjectAged
 
dc.subjectCross-cultural comparison
 
dc.subjectLearning
 
dc.titleA cross-cultural study in older adults’ learning experience
 
dc.typeArticle
 
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