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Professional Learning and Development for Older workers: a study of one UK Higher education institution

Bingham, DM; (2015) Professional Learning and Development for Older workers: a study of one UK Higher education institution. In: Fraser, L and Giralt, RM, (eds.) It's All Adult Education: Proceedings of 44th Annual Conference. (pp. pp. 44-50). Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds in conjunction with the Standing Conference on Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA): Leeds, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Extended working lives will affect us all. The lifting of the default retirement age (DFA) in the UK, rising life expectancy and increasing numbers of older workers (ONS 2013), spotlights the place of older workers, their engagement and professional learning needs. This empirical research aims to answer the value of professional development and learning to older workers and to management in the higher education workplace. It explores understandings of older workers in professional roles in a higher education institution, their perspectives of professional development and learning, together with those of management. This research concerns professional learning at a microorganizational level to inform at a macro-organizational level in an adult workplace setting. The research is located within adult professional development and learning literature but is also connected to related workplace learning theories. The research focus is on understanding what older workers and management see as valuable professional development and learning in a higher education (HE) case study in England. Pragmatic in approach, it emphasises high performance. It considers older workers wish to do their best in their work and management want the best from their workers. The research questions consider: - What professional development do older workers see as valuable in the HE case study? - What professional development does management see as valuable for older workers in the HE case study? - How might any differing views on what professional development should be offered, be reconciled?

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Professional Learning and Development for Older workers: a study of one UK Higher education institution
Event: 44th SCUTREA Conference "It's All Adult Education"
Location: University of Leeds
Dates: 07 July 2015 - 09 July 2015
ISBN-13: 9780907644095
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.scutrea.ac.uk/p/conference.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. Copyright © 2015 SCUTREA and the individual authors.
Keywords: Older workers, professional development, higher education.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475822
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