International Perspectives on Aging

The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing

European and Asian-Pacific Perspectives

Editors: Formosa, Marvin (Ed.)

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  • Provides a rigorous comparative analysis informed by research, scholarship, and practice
  • Draws upon a diversity of global U3A experiences and contexts
  • Offers a unique and necessary update, overview, and analysis of the U3A movement
  • Looks ahead to future challenges with policy recommendations
  • Concludes with a passionate call to action for the U3A movement to renew itself in order to remain relevant for an incoming generation of older persons
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About this book

This comparative resource charts the interface between the University of the Third Age (U3A) movement and active ageing, and in doing so, offers a comprehensive and thorough understanding of what U3A means in different geographical and sociocultural contexts. After first providing introductory chapters to introduce the U3A movement and active ageing in global perspective and tracing the origins of U3As in France, the book sets off charting the international development of U3As in both European and Asian-Pacific contexts. Deliberately, the book moves away from the dominant Anglo-centric US- and UK-rooted analyses of U3As to account for contexts of different political ideology, sociocultural values, geography, and degrees of urbanisation and industrialisation. Lastly, it thematises foreseeable issues, concerns, and predicaments that the global U3A movement faces while meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by active ageing.

The chapters’ comparative perspectives encompass:

  • Origins and development: The Francophone model of U3As
  • The development and characteristics of U3As in European and Asian-Pacific geographies
  • From social welfare to educational gerontology: U3As in China, Russia, Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea
  • U3As in Italy, Spain and Sweden: A dynamic, flexible, and accessible learning model
  • Late-life learning for social inclusion: U3As in Poland, Iceland, United Kingdom, and Malta
  • The U3A movement in Australia: From statewide networking to community engagement
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on U3As: The case of Thailand

The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing boasts welcome contributions to the scholarship on the different histories, structures, and challenges posed by national U3As. Readers from a variety of backgrounds and research interests including gerontology, geriatrics, active ageing, older adult learning, comparative education and educational technology will find this a necessary and valuable resource in better understanding a globalised U3A world.

"The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing: European and Asian-Pacific Perspectives contributes to the deep well of histories, experiences, structures, accomplishments and problems of national U3As.  It emerges as a tapestry of extraordinary research that offers to guide the U3A movement as it soon enters its fiftieth year of existence." 

- Prof. Stephen Katz. Trent University

About the authors

Prof. Marvin Formosa, PhD, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta. At the University of Malta, he coordinates the Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies. Presently, Prof. Formosa holds the posts of Chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing (Malta), Director of the University of the Third Age (Malta), and Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations - Malta (INIA). Recently, Prof. Formosa headed UN-sponsored training programmes in gerontology, dementia care and geriatrics in the Philippines, China, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Belarus, Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Russia.   Prof. Formosa is the author or various articles and books on mainstream and educational gerontology, is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries, and is Country Team Leader (Malta) of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Active Ageing Through Lifelong Learning: The University of the Third Age

    Pages 3-18

    Formosa, Marvin

  • Origins and Development: The Francophone Model of Universities of the Third Age

    Pages 19-30

    Vellas, François

  • “An Alternative Ageing Experience”: An Account and Assessment of the University of the Third Age in the United Kingdom

    Pages 33-43

    Percy, Keith

  • Be Active Through Lifelong Learning! The University of the Third Age in Iceland

    Pages 45-55

    Guðmundsson, Hans Kristján

  • The University of the Third Age in Italy: A Dynamic, Flexible, and Accessible Learning Model

    Pages 57-67

    Baschiera, Barbara

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eBook 71,68 €
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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Softcover 88,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing
Book Subtitle
European and Asian-Pacific Perspectives
Editors
  • Marvin Formosa
Series Title
International Perspectives on Aging
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21515-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21515-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21514-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-21517-0
Series ISSN
2197-5841
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 274
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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