Call for papers

AJAL special issue

Getting of wisdom – Learning in later life

Guest editors

Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha (University of Tubingen, Germany); Sabina Jelenc Krasovec (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia); Brian Findsen (University of Waikato, New Zealand); and Barry Golding (Federation University, Australia).


The Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw wrote that “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility of our future”. Learning in later life is a relatively new and exciting field of research, and becoming increasingly relevant internationally. In this Special Edition, we will take four intersecting themes to better understand the nature and future of learning in later life:

  • Older learning in diverse contexts
  • Learning later life and social inequalities
  • Learning, empowerment and identity in later life

Notes for prospective authors

Submissions for inclusion in this AJAL Special Issue should be between 6,000–7,000 words and confirm to the AJAL style.

International Exchange conferences

Three International Exchange conferences across Australia and New Zealand based on the themes outlined above are scheduled for 13–15 February 2017. Here are the details of the Getting of Wisdom: Learning In Later Life: International Exchange and Conferences. Conference participants who submit papers by 25 November 2016 have the option of them being peer reviewed and published in the Conference proceedings. There will also be an opportunity for a selection of these papers to be published in this Special Edition of AJAL.

More information

Further information about the special issue can be obtained by contacting Barry Golding.

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