Learning and support of ‘older adults’ in the use of Information and Communications Technologies: a framework to enhance technology engagement

JONES, A., 2013. Learning and support of ‘older adults’ in the use of Information and Communications Technologies: a framework to enhance technology engagement. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This research provides independent and in-depth knowledge and understanding of ‘older adult’ learning (those aged 50 and over) and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) with respect to the new dynamics of ageing (e.g. changing motivations, requirements, preferences and ‘learning capacities’). From this knowledge, understanding and synthesis, learning strategies and recommendations within a framework consisting of different categories are proposed. A mixed methods’ methodology was used which is underpinned by the principles of participatory action research and has a qualitative emphasis. It comprised semi-structured in-depth interviews, focus groups and research diary workshops as the qualitative methods. It was complemented quantitatively by two primary source surveys for ICT and Non ICT users and a secondary source ‘digital engagement’ themed questionnaire. The research focuses on the learning and engagement of ICTs and new learning and support to be used. It also identifies aspects that comprise learning mechanisms, and their relationships with gender and age groups. In terms of contribution to knowledge, the research delivers previously unreported knowledge and understanding of substantial significance on the learning and support of ‘older adults’ and ICTs with respect to the new dynamics of ageing.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Jones, A.
Date: 2013
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of Adam Jones. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university degree level and pagination. Queries of requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required should be directed in the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:35
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:35
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/262

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