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Lifelong Learning and development of the Middle-Aged and Elderly Housewives
middle age and elderly housewives
This study examines lifelong learning and development of the middle-aged and elderly housewives through a case study of four National Open University graduates and students. Based on the in-depth interviews, the study explores their personal life course and lifelong learning process and changes. The purpose of the study is to shed light on the meaning and value of lifelong learning, which support and enable the lifelong learners to go through the many obstacles challenging them. Being housewives and learners at the same time, they learn to look at things from different angles and overcome challenges while keeping self-reflection and coping with the impact of role changes. The researcher, a lifelong learner herself, also describes how she acquires knowledge and improves relationships with others. Personal developments and changes are cultivated through the process of learning, writing, introspection and self-adjustment. The study points out that these lifelong learning could not only helps improve interpersonal relationships and mental health, but also enhances their self-fulfillment. Lifelong learning for the older learner is less affected by age. If resistance of lifelong learning comes from family, the learners’ self-realization and learing incentives are not likelt to be held back. However, if they come from the psychological and cognitive factors, the learners’ learning awareness and reflective ability, adjustment of changes and elimination of their resistance could inspire deeper learning motivation. It is expected that the study will inspire more middle age and elderly housewives, and provide insights for lifelong-learning educational institutions.
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