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Senior Surfing: Computer Use, Aging, and Formal Training
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, Mississippi State University, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, United States ; , Mississippi State University, Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development, United States ; , Mississippi State University, Department of Psychology and Office of Assessment & Testing Services, United States ; , Mississippi State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, United States

AACE Journal Volume 16, Number 3, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

n this article, we describe data from two case studies of seniors (one younger senior and one older senior) in learning to use computers. The study combined interviews, observations, and documents to take a close look at their experiences with computers, as well as the influences of aging and computer training on their experiences. The study revealed that seniors benefited from their use of computers, ranging from the magic of email and the World Wide Web to the personal fulfillment of lifelong learning, independence, and enrichment. It further suggests that the kind of structured guidance formal computer classes provide to seniors matters more than aging or if seniors have higher formal education.

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Warren-Peace, P., Parrish, E., Peace, C.B. & Xu, J. (2008). Senior Surfing: Computer Use, Aging, and Formal Training. AACE Journal, 16(3), 253-274. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 20, 2019 from .

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