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How can older people co-researchers and professionals learn to co-produce together?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anna Goulding



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Association for Education and Ageing, 2019.

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Co-production has been presented as an effective method to better understand and act upon the social, health and environmental challenges experienced by older people (Buffel, 2015). This paper responds to the lack of research examining the role of learning in co-production. It examines how older people as co-researchers working with community organisers can develop this method. Through qualitative focus group data from co-researchers and staff delivering projects, the study provides a comprehensive understanding of the practices, skills and approaches involved in co-producing age-friendly places. To demonstrate the learning process, the paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of one of the tools used to identify the assets of an area, Asset Based Community Development mapping. The paper also explores the different ways in which co-researchers and community organisers can develop shared learning on the causes and consequences of social isolation. In addition, the paper considers the range of challenges associated with working with marginalised groups within the community.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Goulding A, Phillipson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Education and Ageing

Year: 2019

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Pages: 5-21

Print publication date: 31/05/2019

Acceptance date: 02/10/2018

Date deposited: 06/08/2019

ISSN (print): 2044-5458

Publisher: Association for Education and Ageing