"There's not enough knowledge out there": examining older adults' perceptions of digital technology use and digital inclusion classes

Betts, L.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089, Hill, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-2938-8825 and Gardner, S.E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3443-7844, 2017. "There's not enough knowledge out there": examining older adults' perceptions of digital technology use and digital inclusion classes. Journal of Applied Gerontology. ISSN 0733-4648

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Abstract

Older adults' definitions of digital technology, and experiences of digital inclusion sessions, were examined using qualitative approaches. Seventeen older adults (aged between 54 and 85) participated in two focus groups that each lasted approximately 90 minutes to explore how older adults understood technology within their lived experience. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis yielded two main themes: Thirst for knowledge and a wish list for digital technology sessions. A separate content analysis was performed to identify what technology older adults identified as digital technology. This analysis revealed that the older adults most frequently defined digital technology as computers and telephones. The findings support the conclusions that this group of older adults, some of whom were 'successful users', have a wide knowledge of digital technology, are interested in gaining more skills, and desire knowledge acquisition through personalised one-to-one learning sessions.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Older adults' perceptions of digital technology [running head]
Publication Title: Journal of Applied Gerontology
Creators: Betts, L.R., Hill, R. and Gardner, S.E.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 31 October 2017
ISSN: 0733-4648
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10.1177/0733464817737621DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 17 Oct 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 12:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31824

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