Research Group on Aging and the Life Course (FALL)

Research: ! Education in old age


Education in older age

Commissioned by the Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ), 1998-2000

In association with:

infas-Sozialforschung GmbH, Margaretenstr. 1, D-53175 Bonn


"Education in older age" is a comprehensive study of the educational activities of the elderly in Germany, excluding university curricula but including self-organized learning. Both the demand and the supply side were examined. The study consisted of four empirical steps:

The study aims at a detailed description of the current educational acvtivies of the elderly, at their preconditions on the demand and the supply side, and at future developments in this increasingly important field of societal participation.


Prof. Dr. Martin Kohli (Director)
Carola Sommer (Researcher)

Main publications

Zwischen Selbstorganisation und Seniorenakademie. Die Vielfalt der Altersbildung in Deutschland.

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