** Two presentations by two professors from the School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Date: 16 May 2014 (Friday)
Time: 12:30pm to 14:30pm
Venue: Room D4-P-03, Podium Floor, Block D4, HKIEd Tai Po Campus
Keeping Engaged: Older Adults Continuing to Participate in Employment and Learning Activities
Emeritus Professor Gillian Boulton-Lewis
This is an interpretive – descriptive analysis of 41 open questionnaires. The sample consisted mainly of academics from the Western world including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The research addresses the question of why some academics want to continue their work beyond the 65. The main motivation for continuing academic activities was strong interest and commitment to their discipline. Some also gave social, financial, and other reasons. They described barriers, including finance and facilities, and support needed to maintain their activities. In all but two countries institutional and government policies made it possible for them to stay involved even if this required a personal effort. Almost all of them would have liked better support or recognition from their universities. The results suggest that some older academics want to continue working voluntarily and universities should more actively engage older academics in continuing activity.
Maximising Community Liveability for Older People
Professor Laurie Buys
Like other major cities, Brisbane (Australia) has adopted policies to increase residential densities to manage urban growth and minimise the negative impacts of urban sprawl. This objective hinges on urban neighborhoods’ being amenity-rich spaces, reducing the need for residents to leave their neighbourhood for everyday living. The purpose of our study was to understand the role of neighbourhood walkability and urban movement/transport, broadly conceived, in shaping liveability for older people. Linking a quantitative and qualitative method design, this presentation explores the range and diversity of everyday travels of 12 urban older people. While high density living in inner-urban areas is a consistently utilised strategy for managing the impacts of population growth, it is important to understand and maximise the liveability of high density areas for older people.
About the Speakers
Emeritus Professor Gillian Boulton-Lewis has made a significant contribution to research in learning across the lifespan and in a range of content areas. She is recently involved with research programs in early childhood and ageing. Her work demonstrates a deep interest in how people learn. She has published extensively on learning in early childhood, school mathematics, university, the workplace, and ageing. She has edited 4 books, published 21 book chapters, 78+ refereed journal articles (more in preparation), made numerous international conference presentations and obtained $1,500,000+ in competitive external research funding as well as university and consultancy funding.
Professor Laurie Buys is a Professor in the School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology and Leader of the Secure and Resilient Infrastructure Theme in QUT’s Institute for Future Environments. She has over 100 refereed publications and has been successful in securing over $3.8M in major national research grants covering her research interests: community liveability, consumer energy use, social sustainability and active ageing.
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** UNESCO Research Seminar Series is a HKIEd 20th Anniversary Celebratory Event, which is jointly organized by: the UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Lifelong Learning, the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (HK), the UNESCO Arts-in-Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education (RLCCE), Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, and Centre for Governance and Citizenship.