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Internet Training for Older Adults: an Intergenerational Mentoring Approach
LLI Review (2006)
  • Leonard J Shedletsky, University of Southern Maine
Abstract

This study, undertaken at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine, tested whether an eight-week course designed to teach older adults how to use the Internet reduced computer anxiety and increased self-reported computer efficacy. Measures of computer anxiety and self-reported efficacy were taken at the start and finish of the course for both older adults and their traditional college-age mentors. The results suggest that computer anxiety was reduced in the older learner while it remained unaffected among their college-age mentors. Self-reported efficacy increased in the older adult for Internet-related computer skills but not for other computer skills and remained unchanged for the college mentors.[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Keywords
  • adult learners,
  • internet in education,
  • mentoring
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Publication Date
Fall 2006
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Citation Information
Leonard J Shedletsky. "Internet Training for Older Adults: an Intergenerational Mentoring Approach" LLI Review Vol. 1 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leonard_shedletsky/4/