Grey matter really matters: a study of the learning opportunities and learning experiences of older people using social care services in England, United Kingdom

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678 (2011) Grey matter really matters: a study of the learning opportunities and learning experiences of older people using social care services in England, United Kingdom. International Journal of Education and Ageing, 2 (1). pp. 8-23. ISSN 2044-5458

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Abstract

Until relatively recently, educational gerontology and the social work literature on older people have largely ignored each other in relation to the implications for provision of social care services. There is however a growing imperative to converge these two agenda’s in light of the United Kingdom (UK) governments’ recent move towards more self-directed care which has been strongly asserted within its social policies (HMG, 2007). This paper reports on the findings of a small qualitative study, conducted in 2009, in which twenty in-depth interviews with older people using social care services from two different locations in England, UK, were used to explore their learning needs and experiences within the context of social care provision. The findings suggest that exploring the nature of learning and nurturing more pedagogical approaches within traditional care provision has potential for achieving a more person-centered approach. Further, the tendency for governments in more ‘progressive’ countries to depict service users as active, knowledgeable ‘consumers’ is challenged. Based on a model developed by McClusky (1974), four potential areas or levels of learning were explored in line with contemporary models of service user participation and involvement within the social care literature. The findings from this study tentatively suggests that paying attention to older people’s learning needs within social care interventions may offer important vehicles for promoting self-directed care.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Lifelong learning, older people, social care, person-centred care, self-directed care.
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 11451
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 07:07
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 16:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11451

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