(2014) Older adult education in a New Zealand university: Developments and issues

in Practice
Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, New Zealand

This article explores a case study of educational provision for older adults in the context of continuing education in one of New Zealand’s universities. It explains how developments in older adult education at the University of Waikato have reflected historical and cultural trends related to the wider field of adult and community education (ACE) inside a higher education setting. It discusses issues of tertiary education policy and funding, what constitutes curriculum and provision for older adults and how university-community partnerships have shaped opportunities for both indigenous Māori and Pakeha (European) seniors. Government removal of funding to all universities in New Zealand for ACE at the end of 2012 ended formal provision but older adult education groups, formerly supported by the Centre for Continuing Education in the University of Waikato, have assumed a more proactive stance in planning and implementing their own programmes.

International Journal of Education and Ageing, Volume 3 Number 3, 211-224, October 2014, ISSN: 2044-5458


older adult education, adult and community education, kaupapa Māori education, university-community partnerships, New Zealand

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