International Perspectives on Older Adult Education

Research, Policies and Practice

  • Brian Findsen
  • Marvin Formosa

Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Brian Findsen, Marvin Formosa
    Pages 1-9
  3. José Alberto Yuni, Claudio Ariel Urbano
    Pages 11-23
  4. Barry Golding, Helen Kimberley
    Pages 25-34
  5. Franz Kolland, Anna Wanka
    Pages 35-46
  6. Rebecca Lekoko
    Pages 47-57
  7. Meire Cachioni, Mônica de Ávila Todaro, Tiago Nascimento Ordonez, Thaís Bento Lima da Silva
    Pages 59-73
  8. Pat Spadafora, Lia E. Tsotsos
    Pages 75-86
  9. Pedro Paulo Marín Larraín, Macarena Rojas Gutiérrez, Francisca Campos Torrealba, Javiera Sanhueza Chamorro
    Pages 87-97
  10. Xinyi Zhao, Ernest Chui
    Pages 99-109
  11. Miguel Alberto González González
    Pages 111-120
  12. Dominique Kern
    Pages 121-132
  13. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha
    Pages 133-143
  14. Michael Tagoe
    Pages 145-155
  15. George K. Zarifis
    Pages 157-167
  16. Ernest Chui, Xinyi Zhao
    Pages 169-178
  17. Ilango Ponnuswami, Sonny Jose, Praveen Varghese Thomas
    Pages 179-187
  18. Clara M. Kusharto, Nugroho Abikusno
    Pages 189-200
  19. Elena Luppi
    Pages 201-210
  20. Shigeo Hori
    Pages 211-220

About this book


This important book builds on recent publications in lifelong learning which focus on learning and education in later life. This work breaks new ground in international understandings of what constitutes later life learning across diverse cultures in manifold countries or regions across the world. Containing 42 separate country/regional analyses of later life learning, the overall significance resides in insiders’ conceptualisations and critique of this emerging sub-field of lifelong learning and adult education.

International perspectives on older adult education provides new appreciation of what is happening in countries from Europe (14), Africa (10), the Americas (7), Asia (9) and Australasia (2), as authored by adult educators and/or social gerontologists in respective geographical areas. These analyses are contextualised by a thorough introduction and critical appraisal where trends and fresh insights are revealed. The outcome of this book is a never-before available critique of what it means to be an older learner in specific nations, and the accompanying opportunities and barriers for learning and education.

The sub-title of research, policy and practice conveys the territory that authors traverse in which rhetoric and reality are interrogated. Coverage in chapters includes conceptual analysis, historical patterns of provision, policy developments, theoretical perspectives, research studies, challenges faced by countries and “success stories” of later life learning. The resultant effect is a vivid portrayal of a vast array of learning that occurs in later life across the globe.

Brian Findsen is Professor of Education and Postgraduate Leader for Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Marvin Formosa is Head of the Department of Gerontology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, and Director of the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations - Malta).


Active ageing College for Seniors Educational gerontology Elderhostels Late-life learning Later life learning associations Lifelong learning Older adult education Older adults' learning Older learners Third age learning organisations University of the Third Age Wuhan University for the Aged

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Findsen
    • 1
  • Marvin Formosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Te Whiringa School of Edu LeadershipUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Dep of Gerontology, Fac for Social WellbUniversity of MaltaMaltaMalta

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24937-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24939-1
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