Skilling seniors in computers: Community training responses to the digital divide

Redsell, Margaret and Nycyk, Michael (2010) Skilling seniors in computers: Community training responses to the digital divide. Working with Older People, 14 2: 38-42. doi:10.5042/wwop.2010.0266

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Author Redsell, Margaret
Nycyk, Michael
Title Skilling seniors in computers: Community training responses to the digital divide
Journal name Working with Older People   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-3666
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5042/wwop.2010.0266
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 38
End page 42
Total pages 5
Editor Vicki Williams
Place of publication Brighton, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Language eng
Subject 160506 Education Policy
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract As computers pervade further the lives of older adults the need for relevant affordable training grows. Older adults, not through frailty or age but because accessing training can be difficult, do experience the digital divide sharply. The intent of this paper is to suggest successful ways of teaching computers through the discussion of a case study of Skylarkers 60 and Better Program and a longitudinal study conducted there. Centre managers can benefit from knowing the types of teaching methods that may make their computer training beneficial and useful to older adults.
Keyword Digital divide
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