Journal Writing Among Older Learners
This qualitative study explored the personal history, current practice, and perceived benefits of keeping a journal or diary among 15 older learners (average age=69.2 years) who are members of an institute for learning in retirement in Maine. Interviews revealed that there are three primary areas in which older persons benefit from journal writing. Keeping a journal assists older persons to cope with day-to-day situations, it enables them to experience the joy of discovery, and it helps to nurture their own voice and spirit. Implications for educators who work with older learners are discussed.
Brady, E.M. & Sky, H.Z. (2003). Journal writing among older learners. Educational Gerontology, 29(2), 151–163. doi:10.1080/713844282