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Comparison of older and younger adults' attitudes towards and abilities with computers: implications for training and learning

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Computers and associated technology have become central to modern life. In a society where the population is rapidly ageing, the acceptance and utilisation of developing technologies by an older population is becoming increasingly important. This review highlights similarities and differences between the attitudes and acceptance of technology by older and younger people, leading to the conclusion that similar factors influence both age groups—hence, older people could well be taught to use technology in a similar manner to younger people. While all learners, irrespective of age, should receive sufficient time for training in a positive and supportive environment, this review suggests that due consideration ought to be given to the amount of time allowed for older users to learn new skills and the manner in which learners are treated in a positive and valued manner.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Broady, T., Chan, A. YC. & Caputi, P. (2010). Comparison of older and younger adults' attitudes towards and abilities with computers: implications for training and learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41 (3), 473-485.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77951109834

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3416

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 473

End Page


  • 485

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0007-1013

Abstract


  • Computers and associated technology have become central to modern life. In a society where the population is rapidly ageing, the acceptance and utilisation of developing technologies by an older population is becoming increasingly important. This review highlights similarities and differences between the attitudes and acceptance of technology by older and younger people, leading to the conclusion that similar factors influence both age groups—hence, older people could well be taught to use technology in a similar manner to younger people. While all learners, irrespective of age, should receive sufficient time for training in a positive and supportive environment, this review suggests that due consideration ought to be given to the amount of time allowed for older users to learn new skills and the manner in which learners are treated in a positive and valued manner.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Broady, T., Chan, A. YC. & Caputi, P. (2010). Comparison of older and younger adults' attitudes towards and abilities with computers: implications for training and learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41 (3), 473-485.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77951109834

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3416

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 473

End Page


  • 485

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0007-1013