Exercising older people´s brains in Costa Rica: Design principles for using information and communication technologies for cognitive activity and social interaction

Maria Dolores Castro Rojas, Ann Bygholm, Tia Gitte Bondesen Hansen

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Abstract

This study is part of a design-based research project aimed at designing a
learning intervention for enabling Costa Rican older people to use information
and communication technologies for cognitive activity and social
interaction. Data from relevant literature, a focus group with older adults,
and interviews with professionals teaching older adults how to use information
and communication technologies were analyzed, in order to create
context-sensitive design principles that could guide the design of learning
interventions that meet the needs of older learners. The analysis derived
context-sensitive design principles that include wider topics that influence
the learning process, such as emotions and stereotypes related to learning
about and using information and communication technologies, as well as
the social support to that learning. The resulting eight design principles
argue for respectful learning environments, in-depth comprehension of
changes related to aging, time and space to reflect on emotions related
to the learning process, and acknowledgment of participants’ individuality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume44
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages14
ISSN0360-1277
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018

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Interpersonal Relations
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learning process
Brain
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interaction
Emotions
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Keywords

  • Successful aging
  • Active aging
  • Older adults
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Social Interaction
  • Design principles
  • Design Based Research

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Exercising older people´s brains in Costa Rica : Design principles for using information and communication technologies for cognitive activity and social interaction. / Castro Rojas, Maria Dolores; Bygholm, Ann; Hansen, Tia Gitte Bondesen.

In: Educational Gerontology, Vol. 44, No. 2-3, 22.02.2018, p. 171-185.

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