Community Development through Leisure Adult Learning:

The Role of Mature Adult Groups


  • Michael T Miller Professor of Higher Education
  • Kenda S Grover Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning Department of Counselling, Leadership, and Research Methods University of Arkansas


community education, leisure education, mature adult learners, adult education, community organizations, community development


Community education groups can play an important role in reducing social isolationism among mature adults. The current study describes one such organization that has played an important part in the lives of about 30 mature women who have an average age of 76. Through semi-structured interviews, a thematic analysis showed that the organization has played a critical role in their social interactions, creating deep bonds among the women. What began as a group dedicated to education evolved into a strong social support network that has provided important social capital development for participants.




How to Cite

Miller, M. T. and Grover, K. S. (2024) “Community Development through Leisure Adult Learning:: The Role of Mature Adult Groups”, Concept, 15(1), p. 12. Available at: (Accessed: 13 July 2024).