(2011) Grey matter really matters: learning opportunities and learning experiences of older people using social care services in England

in Qualitative
Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Middlesex University, UK

This article reports on the findings of a small qualitative study, conducted in 2009, in which 20 in-depth interviews with older people using social care services in two different locations in England were used to explore learning needs and experiences within the context of social care provision. The findings suggest that exploration of the nature of learning and nurturing of more pedagogical approaches within traditional care provision have potential for achieving a more person-centered approach in social care. Based on a model developed by McClusky (1974), four potential areas of learning are explored in line with contemporary models of service user participation and involvement to be found in the social care literature. The findings from this study tentatively suggest that paying attention to older people’s learning needs within social care interventions may offer important vehicles for promoting self-directed care.


International Journal of Education and Ageing, Vol. 2, No. 1, 339–356, September 2011, ISSN: 2044-5458


Keywords

lifelong learning, older people, social care, person-centred care, self-directed care.