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Older Learners

Defining older learners is a more complex process than may be assumed initially. For instance, the term older is misleading. Older learner bodes the question “Older than what?” Historically, learning has been primarily associated with the formal learning found in schools. Therefore, young learners were school aged and older learners were beyond the normal age of schoolchildren. Reliance on chronological age alone is a fairly ineffective way to define adult learners, particularly in view of the contemporary concept of lifelong learning. The concept of lifelong learning encourages people to engage in acquiring new skills and knowledge throughout their lifetimes. This is a radical departure from the idea that a high school education was sufficient, in both knowledge and skill, to allow the graduates to ...

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