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Perceptions and experiences of older adults learning technology THESIS

, University of Alberta , Canada

University of Alberta . Awarded

Abstract

The following is an exploration of the perceptions and experiences of older adults learning to use computer technology. The purpose was to better understand older adults' initiative-taking and responses to learning computer technology, and the implications to their future attempts at learning. Two overarching categories--learning predisposition and influences of the learning process--emerged from the data and were used to guide the organization and thematic analysis. From these two categories, six themes emerged. The findings suggest instructors and planners may benefit from developing a learning to learn conceptualization of older adults learning to use computer technology. Further, the findings suggest a typology of older learners based upon the initiative and support required to learn technology. Data was gathered by focus groups and interviews.

Citation

Lawson, I.A. Perceptions and experiences of older adults learning technology. Master's thesis, University of Alberta. Retrieved November 20, 2017 from .

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