Everyday competencies and learning processes in old age

Periodical
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Volume
47
Year
2014
Issue number
7
Page range
563-569
Relates to study/studies
PIAAC

Everyday competencies and learning processes in old age

Results and perspectives of the PIAAC extension study "competencies in later life"

Abstract

This article deals with the study “Competencies in later life” (CiLL), a parallel study to the German program for the international assessment of adult competencies (PIAAC) survey which assesses the level and distribution of skills of the adult population in a representative study. Assuming the growing importance of learning and education in a society challenged by demographic changes, the first section of the paper outlines the qualitative research of learning activities of focus groups in the daily life of elderly people. The second section of the paper presents the survey design and exemplary findings of the quantitative CiLL study. Initial results show that basic skills of the elderly are highly influenced by personal and sociodemographic variables, particularly by educational background. The data available indicate that the participation of the elderly in adult education and the options available for competence development have to be increased.