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Lived Experience of Older Learners in an Online University

온라인대학 노인학습자들의 삶의 경험

  • Received : 2010.05.04
  • Accepted : 2010.08.23
  • Published : 2010.08.28

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe and understand the lived experiences of older learners in formal education offered in an online university. Applying qualitative research methods, this paper attempts to explore the interpretation and meanings of their college studying. Ten participants in this study were selected from older students aged over 60 who had studied or were studying in a cyber university and lived in Seoul and its metropolitan area for more readily accessible and available for in-depth interviews. After the final analysis of learning experiences of older adults in an online university, six main themes were identified: self in the past, breaking from the convention, struggling with the new challenges, attaining self-actualization, integrating a new identity, future-oriented self. Finally it appears that learning experiences of the learners enabled the participants to replace their past-oriented sense of self with a more positive, future-oriented version.

Keywords

Lifelong Education;Older Learner;Online Learning;Online University

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