Creating older adults technology training policies: Lessons from community practices

Nycyk, Michael and Redsell, Margaret (2007). Creating older adults technology training policies: Lessons from community practices. Working Paper, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland.

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Author Nycyk, Michael
Redsell, Margaret
Title Creating older adults technology training policies: Lessons from community practices
School, Department or Centre School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Report Number Working Paper
Publication date 2007-08-30
Publisher Canberra, ACT, Australia
Editor Roger Harris
Start page 308
End page 323
Total pages 15
Language eng
Subject 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
Abstract/Summary Influencing government policy in adult learning areas requires consistent efforts in having findings noticed by educational policy makers. Submissions by Adult Learning Australia and researchers have called for unified educational policies and practices across Australia. This paper argues that, whilst it is important to address macro issues of policy formation, research into micro issues can also be valuable in assisting policy formation. Using information technology and communication teaching in a community centre, it considers analysis of informal daily policies and practices and what is working at the everyday level is important. Student experience examples at one centre teaching these skills to older adults are reported to show the types of policies and practices which maximised the long-term running of the centre and long periods of student retention.
Keyword Computer tuition
Community teaching
Information technology training
Policy formation
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Additional Notes Later published as Volume 47, Number 2 July 2007 Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

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Created: Thu, 11 Oct 2007, 18:52:25 EST by Michael Nycyk on behalf of School of Information Technol and Elec Engineering