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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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PEREIRA, Ana Alice da Silva; COUTO, Vilma Valéria Dias  y  SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio. Motivations of older people to participate in the Open University for Third Age. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2015, vol.16, n.2, pp. 207-217. ISSN 1679-3390.

This study investigated the motivations of the seniors to participate in the program called Open University for Third Age, at Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro (UATI-UFTM). There were 10 seniors (M = 68.9 years old; SD = 8.41), which answered a sociodemographic questionnaire and an interview script. The main motivations listed were: seeking for knowledge; accomplishing the dream of studying; improving social links; doing valuable things on free time and getting better quality of life. These results agree with other studies in the field and show that education can attend the seniors demands, as also improve their learning in this stage of life. However, the program UATI includes such a specific senior's group profile that makes necessary to think the development of new initiatives in order to benefit those that don't fit in the structure of this program.

Palabras clave : seniors; aging; education; retirement; educational programs.

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