Making computer learning easier for older adults: A community study of tuition practices

Nycyk, Michael and Redsell, Margaret (2010). Making computer learning easier for older adults: A community study of tuition practices. In: Nicholas Reynolds and Marta Tursanyi-Szabo, IFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010. Held as Part of WCC 2010 Brisbane, Australia. Proceedings. IFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010, Brisbane, Australia, (292-300). 20-23 September 2010. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-15378-5

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Author Nycyk, Michael
Redsell, Margaret
Title of paper Making computer learning easier for older adults: A community study of tuition practices
Conference name IFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 20-23 September 2010
Proceedings title IFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010. Held as Part of WCC 2010 Brisbane, Australia. Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-15378-5
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
ISBN 9783642153778
ISSN 1868-4238
Editor Nicholas Reynolds
Marta Tursanyi-Szabo
Volume 324
Start page 292
End page 300
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Older adults are under increasing pressure to use information technologies, yet are reluctant to learn computer software due to difficulties with ways of teaching such skills. This paper argues that examining tutoring techniques in a community computer training centre is useful to discovering why they will persist with learning. Using a Grounded Theory study design, the theory that emerged that accounted for continuance was the tutoring practices and the relationships that were built between tutor and learner. Examples from the data are presented to support the findings that link certain ways of practicing computer tutoring with repeat lesson attendance. This paper contributes to understanding the types of tutoring practices that can encourage older learners to continue the learning journey in later life. In turn, this assists with overcoming the digital divide older learners not skilled in computer use experience and allows them to participate in an increasing technologically driven society.
Subjects 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130101 Continuing and Community Education
Keyword Computer training
Older adults
Digital divide
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Proceedings series title: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.

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