ELOA 2015

Lifelong learning for older adults: Hopes, fears and expectations

The 6th conference of the ESREA Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults, 14-16 October 2015.

Lifelong learning and the learning of older people are important issues for individuals as well as for society. An ageing population gives rise to fears and hopes – fears that the economy will not bear the cost of an ageing population and hopes of longer and meaningful lives. Learning and education play an intrinsic role. At the 6th ELOA conference, we explored fears, hopes and expectations concerning the lifelong learning of older adults. What are the hindrances and obstacles and the pleasures and joys of learning later in life? What can be learned from ongoing initiatives and projects?

At this conference we had the opportunity to explore tensions between interpretations of lifelong learning among researchers working in the areas of older adult learning, educational gerontology, and adult education. Based on the assumption that diversity and openness contributes to deeper understanding that benefits society, organizations and individuals, we met to problematize different approaches and perspectives. We invited papers that focused on theory, research or policy, and these were discussed in parallel sessions.

Download the proceedings from the conferencePDF (pdf, 3.6 MB).

Special issue on ELOA (Encell's newsletter)PDF (pdf, 2.7 MB).

Download the conference programmePDF (pdf, 1.5 MB).

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Dr. Satya Brink

Dr. Satya Brink is an education policy research expert with a career spanning 30 years in a range of senior roles in the public sector, academia and international agencies. She was the first co-chair of the OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, (PIAAC) Governing Board. 

Dr. John Field

Dr. John Field is Professor Emeritus at the School of Education, University of Stirling, and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick. His research covers historical and social dimensions of adult learning. Recent books include the Sage Handbook of Aging, Work & Society (co-edited with Rn Burke and Cary Cooper) and Working Men's Bodies: work camps in Britain, 1880-1940.

Dr. Barry Hake

Dr. Barry J Hake is a specialist in the comparative and historical analysis of lifelong policies in European societies. Founding member and secretary of ESREA 1991-2007. Now retired, he is an independent researcher working on the social-political history of adult education in Europe since 1945.

Dr. Sabina Jelenc

Dr. Sabina Jelenc Krašovec is Professor of Andragogy at the University of Ljubljana. She is currently a lecturer in a program of acquisition of pedagogical-andragogical qualifications for higher education teachers at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

Dr. Jane Watts

Dr. Jane Watts is a researcher, facilitator and evaluator of lifelong and community learning.
Previously, Jane was a Programme Manager at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). Jane led NIACE's work on older learners.