Participation in Lifelong Learning Institutes: What Turns Members On?
Research among rank and file members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Portland, Maine was conducted to investigate the perceived benefits of participation in a peer-governed and taught elder learning program. Interviews were conducted with 45 long-term members of the program by 6 focus groups. Benefits were reported in 4 categories: intellectual stimulation, experiencing a nurturing and supportive community, enhancing self-esteem, and having opportunities for spiritual renewal. Implications of the multidimensionality of older learners and the out-comes they seek from participation in lifelong-learning institutes are explored.
Lamb, R., & Brady, E.M. (2005). Participation in lifelong learning institutes: What turns members on? Educational Gerontology, 31(3), 207–224. doi:10.1080/03601270590900936