(2010) Older people, learning and the ageing society: an introduction to the Leicester ESRC Research Seminars

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John Benyon, University of Leicester, UK

This article considers some of the features of the ageing society and the implications for individuals, their families, wider society and the state. It highlights the positive contributions that older people make - for example, as workers, volunteers, consumers, grandparents and community activists - and the role of lifelong learning in enabling this. The article reports on a series of seminars held at the University of Leicester, 2007-2009, which focused on learning in later life. It introduces five papers from the seminar series which were revised for Vol 1 No 2 of the International Journal of Education and Ageing. It concludes that government investment in learning in later life could bring real dividends.


International Journal of Education and Ageing, Vol.1, No. 2, 123-140, December 2010, ISSN: 2044-5458


Keywords

Older people, learning in later life, ageing society, benefits of lifelong learning, adult education

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