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What is Processing-Speed Theory

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Processing-speed theory is a general theory of cognitive aging based on the premise that cognitive declines in many areas are due to a general slowing of cognitive processes.
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Aging and Online Learning
Patricia M. Boechler (University of Alberta, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch011
In response to changes in demographics and technology, education in North America is undergoing a transformation. Dorin (2007) summarizes several critical factors in demographic trends that will significantly impact the development of the educational landscape in North America. First, as baby-boomers age there is a dramatic shift in the composition of our population, that is, a greater percentage of the entire population will be represented by those 65 and older. Second, older adults will remain productive in the workforce. Third, life expectancy will increase, adding again to a greater percentage of our population falling into the older adult category.
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