Conference Proceedings

Socio-cultural aspects of older adult learning in beginners' computer classes


University of Western Ontario | Published : 2005


The purpose of this study was to obtain insights into how older adults participate in learning in beginners’ computer classes. Qualitative research methods were employed in an attempt to interpret the meanings the learners made of their experiences in naturalistic settings. Key findings suggest that for the individual agents, social interaction and the development of a learning community of practice are integral to successful learning for older adults, and there are implications for future educational provision and research.