Later life learning experience among Chinese elderly in Hong Kong

Yee Man Angela Leung, Yu Hon Lui, Iris Chi

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Abstract

In a world with increasing numbers of older adults and a world wide emphasis placed on lifelong learning, it is crucial to examine and formulate appropriate policy for learning in later life (LLL). Hong Kong has a rapidly aging population, which is projected to double within the next 25 years. However, lifelong learning for the elderly has yet to be fully developed. This article reports the findings of 2 surveys: one on the LLL experience among 190 Chinese elderly in Hong Kong and another on the experiences of 9 center directors in running courses for the elderly. We found that Chinese older persons generally learn for expressive motivation rather than instrumental motivation, although those with higher educational attainment take LLL for both instrumental and expressive motivation. This finding is consistent with those obtained with American populations. Practical courses such as languages and health-related topics were found to be the most popular; and Nearly a quarter (27%) of the respondents (in particular those who are well educated) expressed interest in peer teaching. The findings are important to understand LLL in the Chinese population and assist in the formulation of an appropriate LLL policy in Hong Kong. These findings also serve as a comparison for other countries trying to provide continuing education opportunities for its older citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chinese elderly
  • Hong Kong
  • Later life learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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