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Education and older adults at the University of the Third Age

By Marvin Formosa


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 inequality - 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

Topics: University of the Third Age, Older people -- Education, Continuing education -- Malta
Publisher: Educational Gerontology
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1080/03601277.2010.515910
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Provided by: OAR@UM

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