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Leisure activities as a source of informal learning for older people: The role of community-based organisations


MacKean, R and Abbott-Chapman, J, Leisure activities as a source of informal learning for older people: The role of community-based organisations, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 51, (2) pp. 226-247. ISSN 1443-1394 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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The significance of findings from a qualitative Tasmanian study, which investigated the part played by informal learning in positive ageing, is highlighted by the increasing proportion of the Australian population in the "Third Age" cohort of active, independent people aged 65 years and over. Semi-structured interviews, conducted by a researcher of a similar age, allowed respondents to speak freely about their perceived needs and expectations for a satisfying lifestyle, in the context of their membership of community-based organisations. Findings revealed the benefits that older people perceive they derive from participation in the "leisure activities" available through these organisations, and the informal learning which they enjoy. The study found that learning taking place is appropriate to the phase in life which is characterized by loss of paid employment and of relationships, and that this learning plays an important role in helping older people stay positive, and maintain independence and social engagement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:MacKean, R (Ms Rowena MacKean)
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, J (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
ID Code:73968
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-11-02
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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