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Non-Formal Learning and Well-Being among Older Adults: Links between Participation in Swedish Study Circles, Feelings of Well-Being and Social Aspects of Learning
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences, Avdelningen för forskning om det civila samhället.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0207-6255
2016 (English)In: Educational gerontology, ISSN 0360-1277, E-ISSN 1521-0472Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

How does participation in non-formal learning influence the self-perceived well-being among older adults? This article looks into that issue through a study of people aged 65 years or older who have participated in Swedish study circles. The data analyzed consists of a nation-wide survey of study circle participants.

The results show that there are beneficial effects from participating in study circles for the well-being of older adults. As could be expected, participants claim that their knowledge and skills have increased but the main finding is the importance of the social dimension of participating in non-formal learning activities. The fellowship created in study circles is both an important motive for participation and an important outcome of having participated. This, however, is not at the expense of gaining new knowledge. Rather, the two dimensions may strengthen each other.

Non-formal settings appear to provide an environment that has positive effects on the well-being of older adults by fostering a sense of belonging and the opportunity to be part of a fellowship that may work as an aid in avoiding social isolation and loneliness.

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2016.
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Non-formal learning, Well-being, Older adults, Study circle, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5041DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2016.1139972OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5041DiVA: diva2:901501
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-15Bibliographically approved

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