Directions for 21st century lifelong learning institutes: Elucidating questions from osher lifelong learning institute studies

Craig A. Talmage, Robert Jack Hansen, Richard Knopf, Steven P. Thaxton

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The literature regarding lifelong learning is robust, while the literature on lifelong learning institutions, centers, and programs remain under-researched in comparison. This article draws insights from a specific network of lifelong learning institutes with a rich history and high rapport in the United States: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) network. Sixty articles regarding OLLIs are catalogued and highlighted to elucidate twelve thematic areas and twelve questions for future research and practice. In particular, these themes are related to adult education, healthy aging, and educational gerontology. The article concludes by reflecting on trends in and needs for institutional research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-125
Number of pages17
JournalAlberta Journal of Educational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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