Aging, education and quality of life: constructing an educational gerontology

Carmen Orte Socías y Martí X. March Cerdà

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This paper aims to lay the foundation for constructing an educational gerontology and thus, it examines in further depth the specialisation of education sciences related to social and demographic changes in advanced societies, the institutionalisation of ongoing education, increasing life expectancies, the existence of seniors as an important and significant social group, the growing body of research on the status of this social collective, the proliferation of educational experiences with seniors, the progressive systematisation of reflection on senior education, etc.
In short, it addresses the institutionalisation of an educational gerontology that reinforces the concept of education as capable of being transformative, enabling autonomy and turning old age from a period of decline and dependence into a challenging and productive period and that, above all, improves quality of life.

 

Key Words: Education, aging, seniors, quality of life, educational gerontology

 

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