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A study of the co-operative learning model used by the University of the Third Age in the United Kingdom

Marsden, Rebecca (2011) A study of the co-operative learning model used by the University of the Third Age in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Education and Ageing, 2 (1). pp. 55-66. ISSN 2044-5458

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Abstract

Since its inception in the UK in the early 1980s, the University of the Third Age (U3A) has used a co-operative learning model in which members are described as both teachers and learners. This study examined the learning model as experienced by some members of the U3A in Northbridge (a pseudonym) and aimed to study some of the variation in members' experience of it. Phenomenographic analysis of the interview transcripts showed a variety of experience from that of a didatic relationship between teacher and learners to full participation by all members of a group in planning of their learning programme and in leading individual sessions. U3A members reported finding value in aspects of each of the four conceptions of co-operative learning identified by the phenomenographic analysis. The social and supportive nature of the U3A was found to be significant for the reported overall success of this application of a co-operative learning model.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Education and Ageing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phenomenography ; Older learners ; Co-operative learning ; University of the Third Age
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 51677
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2011 10:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2013 10:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51677

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