Heutagogoy Extended: A Conceptual Framework to Support Informal, Self-Determined Lifelong Learning for Older Adults

Dirk Morrison, Nazreen Beaulieu


This paper reviews and then extends the concept of heutagogy, making a case for why and how it provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding and facilitating informal, self-determined older adults’ online lifelong learning activities and processes. This discussion is situated within a unique research context, namely, older adults’ (retirees) use of online personal learning networks (oPLNs) to support their informal lifelong learning goals. From our analysis, there is evidence to substantiate the claim that heutogogical principles were manifest within an “ecology” of informal online learning.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jse.v10i3.17297


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