Online education of older adults and its relation to life satisfaction DISSERTATION
Michelle Dorin, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, United States
University of Missouri - Saint Louis . Awarded
The effect of participation in online education on the life satisfaction of the older adult was the focus of this study. It hypothesized that life satisfaction is higher in older adults who participate in online education. Ninety-three subjects age 55 and older, living in three independent living residence centers and communities in suburban areas participated in the study.
Life satisfaction was assessed by scores obtained using 17 of the 20 questions from Nuegarten, Havighurst, and Tobin (1961) Life Satisfaction Index-A (LSI-A). Other data was obtained using demographic and procedural questions. Raw data suggested that participation in online education can, in fact, increase life satisfaction. However, when results were tested significance was not determined. Additionally, this research addressed whether there was an effect on the life satisfaction of the older adult who participated in online education versus those who participated in onsite education. Results appeared to suggest that there is no difference in the life satisfaction of either group. Other findings demonstrated that there is no significant difference in the issues (time constraints, health problems, etc.) experienced by taking an online or onsite class. An implication of the research is that older adults are positively impacted by even minimal exposure to online education. Lastly, findings demonstrated that those who are unable to take an onsite class do have a significant interest in taking one.
This study investigated the topic among a population considered the most likely to study online. More could be learned, however, by selecting populations among those less represented in such studies, including rural areas and inner cities. Additionally, since this study had a large number of white respondents (90%) it is important to determine if culture had an impact on the participation of the respondents in online classes.
Dorin, M. Online education of older adults and its relation to life satisfaction. Ph.D. thesis, University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Retrieved September 21, 2017 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/124328/.
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