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Minding the gap

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dc.contributor.advisor Collins, Joe
dc.contributor.author Hughes, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-03T16:15:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-03T16:15:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/449
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The elderly Learner who has had no previous experience with computers, has much to overcome in order to chose to take computer classes. Apart from negative past educational experiences and age related limitations, the computer interface has not been designed with them in mind, which is a fundamental obstacle to digital inclusion. This research thesis aims to identify and explore the barriers that exist for the elderly person in taking computer classes for the first time. The barriers will include the impact of anxiety, cognitive difficulties secondary to age, hearing and vision difficulties. This research will access the impact that previously low levels of education have on the attitude to present day learning for this particular group. It will examine the forces that have had a primary impact on this low level of education, specifically, early childhood poverty, socio-economic background, early experience at school and rural isolation. It will examine the current layout of the computer course structure for the elderly learner and a need for further consultation on revising approaches for the delivery of these courses. This research will conclude that there is scope for a discussion between those bodies that represent elderly people and those bodies that provide education in computers. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick, Department of Education and Professional Studies en_US
dc.subject elderly en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.title Minding the gap en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en


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