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
  21. Florida Amakobe Karani, David Macharia
    Pages 221-233
  22. Julia Preece, David Croome
    Pages 235-245
  23. Rahimah Binti Ibrahim, Tengku Aizan Hamid, Sen Tyng Chai, Siti Farra Zillah Abdullah
    Pages 247-260
  24. Marvin Formosa
    Pages 261-272
  25. Miriam Hamunyela, Haaveshe Nekongo-Nielsen
    Pages 273-283
  26. Jumbo Klercq
    Pages 285-295
  27. Brian Findsen
    Pages 297-308
  28. Michael Omolewa
    Pages 309-319
  29. Tarja Tikkanen
    Pages 321-331
  30. Blanca López La Vera
    Pages 333-343
  31. Paula Guimarães, Fátima Antunes
    Pages 345-356
  32. Youngwha Kee, Yunji Kim
    Pages 357-366
  33. Olga Agapova
    Pages 367-378
  34. Kalyani K. Mehta
    Pages 379-388
  35. Sabina Jelenc Krašovec, Sonja Kump
    Pages 389-398
  36. John Aitchison, Peter Rule
    Pages 399-410
  37. Mariano Sánchez-Martínez, Juan Sáez
    Pages 411-420
  38. Yi-Yin Lin, Chin-Shan Huang
    Pages 421-431
  39. Philemon A. K. Mushi
    Pages 433-443
  40. Suzan Yazici, Nilufer Korkmaz Yaylagul
    Pages 445-455
  41. George Ladaah Openjuru
    Pages 457-465
  42. Alexandra Withnall
    Pages 467-480
  43. Ronald J. Manheimer
    Pages 481-493
  44. Stanley Mpofu
    Pages 495-505
  45. Brian Findsen, Marvin Formosa
    Pages 507-519

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 Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24937-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24939-1
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