Project ID936
DescriptionWhat do U3As want from learning? This was the theme of a small research project conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) for its Older and Bolder initiative, which aims to persuade educational providers of all kinds to recognise, cater for and encourage older learners. An important part of this campaign has been to update basic data about what kinds of learning older people take up and why, and in what numbers.
TypeExternal research about U3A
Year started1998
Source of referenceSources No.2, Nov 1998
OutputNone known
NotesMapping exercises on older learners were set up for further education, higher education, and local education authorities. For the study based on communities, it was agreed that U3As wishing to participate would act as a focus. They would survey their own members’ activities and suggest ways a community profile of later life learning could be compiled. They would be encouraged to conduct the research themselves, with a modest financial contribution from the national project, and share the results with the research co-ordinator.