Training older volunteers in gerontological research in the United Kingdom: moving towards an andragogical and emancipatory agenda
Burholt, Vanessa, Nash, Paul, Naylor, Dawn and Windle, Gill. (2010) Training older volunteers in gerontological research in the United Kingdom: moving towards an andragogical and emancipatory agenda. Educational Gerontology, Vol.36 (No.9). pp. 753-780. ISSN 0360-1277Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03601271003766270
In the UK, very few studies have engaged older people in two or more elements of the research process (design, conduct, dissemination). Although there is a body of work on educational gerontology, there are few publications that specifically focus on training older people as coresearchers. This paper reports upon the training program undertaken as part of the Rural North Wales Initiative for the Development of Support for Older People (RuralWIDe). The RuralWIDe training program was built upon principles of andragogy: the art and science of teaching adults. The trainers used lecturing; modeling (observation of another person conducting a task); and active participation (structured guidance, instructions or trial and error, during which the student discovers for him or herself how to perform the task) to teach older volunteers social gerontology, research methods, interview techniques, and data analysis. This paper describes the methods used in RuralWIDe and highlights instances when these were both effective and ineffective. It assesses the study against Rachal's (2002) criteria for andragogy (voluntary participation, adult status, collaboratively determine objectives, performance-based assessment of achievement, measuring satisfaction, appropriate adult learning environment, and technical issues), and it describes when pedagogical assumptions were made by the research team.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Educational Gerontology|
|Number of Pages:||28|
|Page Range:||pp. 753-780|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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