Senior education has received increasing attention in Taiwan as an active response to the dramatically ageing population but existing literature hardly draws the importance of teacher-student communication as a means to improve the teaching and learning processes involving older learners. This present research focuses on older learners’ views on teacher-student communication in senior education. A total of 231 older learners participated in this survey study and expressed the extents to which they agree with the various communication strategies as employed by teachers of senior education, including the rationales justifying their choices of the strategies. The findings reveal some interesting differences in teachers’ and older learners’ views on appropriate teacher-student communication. Older learners’ demographic features also have impacts on how they prefer to be communicated in class by teachers. Teachers of senior education can use the findings to know how to correctly accommodate to older learners of homogeneous backgrounds.
Chin-Hui Chen, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Stream: Language and Communication
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