Motivations and life satisfaction of participants in institutes for learning in retirement programs : Great Lakes Region

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dc.contributor.advisor Murk, Peter J., 1942- en_US Garofolo, Patricia L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial nl----- en_US 2011-06-03T19:25:51Z 2011-06-03T19:25:51Z 1995 en_US 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1995 .G37 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this descriptive exploratory study was to investigate and report patterns of participation and motivational orientations of Institutes for Learning in Retirement (ILR)participants enrolled in ILR programs in the Great Lakes region. In addition, the study sought to identify relevant demographic characteristics for this segment of the population and the effects of ILR upon participation and participants' perceived life satisfaction.The Great Lakes region ILR participant profile was most likely to be female, between the ages of 66 and 70, married and living with spouse. She shared a relatively high economic status and extensive formal educational experience and was affiliated with her ILP program 1 to 2 years.Motives for ILR participation were examined using the Educational Participation Scale (EPS) A-Form (Boshier, 1991). Two influential motives for participation emerged. The first was "Cognitive Interest", the joy of learning for the sake of learning. "Social Contact," having an opportunity to meet new people and make friends, was the second major reason for participation.The perceived life satisfaction or subjective well being of ILR participants was explored using the Life Satisfaction Index A-Form (LSIA) (Neugarten, et al, 1961). Overall respondents revealed a perceived positive life satisfaction. Positive indications of well being include hopeful outlooks for the future, social interactions and sense of accomplishment.Results of this study indicate that the pursuit of intellectually stimulating adult educational programs offered within- a socially stimulating environment appeal to lifelong learners enrolled in Institutes for Learning in Retirement programs. This study supports the conclusion of previous investigators that intellectual stimulation is a strong underlying motivation for participation. The second major finding with regard to reasons for participation in ILR programs was the importance of "social contact." en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Leadership
dc.format.extent xii, 180 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Education. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.title Motivations and life satisfaction of participants in institutes for learning in retirement programs : Great Lakes Region en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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