(2011) Learning in social relationships – a contribution to successful ageing?

in Qualitative
Carola Iller and Jana Wienberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany

This paper explores the impact of social relationships on conditions of learning in later life. Using a meta-analysis of interdependencies between education and health in old age, it discusses the effects of social relationships and networks in the development of decision-making skills and coping strategies. The authors use qualitative data from the German Interdisciplinary Longitudinal Study of Adulthood (ILSE) to illustrate those effects. The results suggest that the quantity of social contacts has no effect on the quality of social networks and learning processes.

International Journal of Education and Ageing, Vol. 2, No. 1, 357–370, September 2011, ISSN: 2044-5458


ageing, education, informal learning, social networks

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