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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Older Adult Computer Learners and the Update Imperative

Helen Russell.

The participation of older adults in computer learning environments is a recent phenomenom. Older adults of the 21st century have not grown up with information and communication technologies and are not likely to have used computers in their working lives. Their age and previous non-contact with computers make this group of computer learners unique. Older adults have a wealth of knowledge and experience and yet may feel alien in the world of technology. The pressures of the learning society and the increasing emphasis on the benefits of lifelong learning, may influence their attempts to update their learning skills and to keep abreast with computer knowledge, skills and attitudes. They are under increasing pressure to be able to "talk the talk" and to continue to actively participate in their immediate and extended worlds. This paper outlines current research findings in the early stage of a PhD thesis.


Helen Russell  (Australia)
PhD student/Academic intern
Faculty of Education
University of Technology, Sydney

  • Older adults
  • Lifelong learning
  • Latelife learning
  • Learning society

(Virtual Presentation, English)