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Education and Older Adults at the University of the Third Age

Education and Older Adults at the University of the Third Age This article reports a critical analysis of older adult education in Malta. In educational gerontology, a critical perspective demands the exposure of how relations of power and inequality, in their myriad forms, combinations, and complexities, are manifest in late-life learning initiatives. Fieldwork conducted at the University of the Third Age (UTA) in Malta uncovered the political nature of elder-learning, especially with respect to three intersecting lines of unequality—namely, positive aging, elitism, and gender. A cautionary note is, therefore, warranted at the dominant positive interpretations of UTAs since late-life learning, as any other education activity, is not politically neutral. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational Gerontology Taylor & Francis

Education and Older Adults at the University of the Third Age

Educational Gerontology , Volume 38 (2): 13 – Feb 1, 2012
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Taylor & Francis
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1521-0472
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0360-1277
DOI
10.1080/03601277.2010.515910
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Abstract

This article reports a critical analysis of older adult education in Malta. In educational gerontology, a critical perspective demands the exposure of how relations of power and inequality, in their myriad forms, combinations, and complexities, are manifest in late-life learning initiatives. Fieldwork conducted at the University of the Third Age (UTA) in Malta uncovered the political nature of elder-learning, especially with respect to three intersecting lines of unequality—namely, positive aging, elitism, and gender. A cautionary note is, therefore, warranted at the dominant positive interpretations of UTAs since late-life learning, as any other education activity, is not politically neutral.

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Educational GerontologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2012

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