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Educational Gerontology

Learning in later life is an under-valued and under-resourced aspect of the experience of ageing. Likewise the teaching of gerontology has diminished in the UK. The Educational Gerontology SIG aims to raise the profile of lifelong and later life learning, and of gerontology, through events and opportunities for discussion and action.

Aims & Objectives:

We aim to promote research and debate on a wide range of issues including: 

  • The factors associated with activity and development in adulthood and later life;
  • The impact of age on engagement in different forms of learning (formal and informal);
  • The impact of different forms of learning on the ageing process, on wellbeing in later life, and on civic engagement;
  • Learning initiatives and activities for older learners in different cultural settings and countries;
  • The role of intergenerational exchange in learning and sharing knowledge in later life;
  • The role of older adults in educational policy making;
  • Learning and teaching about gerontology
  • The political economies of educational gerontology and gerontological education and the case for investment and structural development.

Meetings:

The next meeting of the SIG will be on Monday 14-05-18 at 11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, 11.00-14.00.

The Educational Gerontology group will have a symposium at the BSG Annual Conference 2018 in Manchester: ‘Lifelong learning and learning about the long life: an exploration of educational gerontology’ on  06-07-2018, 11:00-12.00.

We will also be holding fringe event meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University on 03-07-18' 

with the following: 

'The Educational Gerontology group held a symposium at the BSG Annual Conference 2018 in Manchester: ‘Lifelong learning and learning about the long life: an exploration of educational gerontology’.  

 We also held a seminar as part of the Manchester Festival of Ageing July 2018 with a keynote presentation by Professor Chris Phillipson: 'Recreating Spaces for Ageing'. We are pleased to present the slides of Professor Phillipson's presentation below.    

Membership:

Membership of the Educational Gerontology SIG is open to all.

Contact caroline.holland@open.ac.uk for more information about the SIG, meetings, or the BSG events.

The Educational Gerontology SIG has emerged from a collaboration between BSG members of the Association for Education and Ageing (AEA), the Ransackers Association (RA), and Conversation into Action (CiA).