|dc.description.abstract||This phenomenological study of six purposively selected senior students, over the age of sixty,
explored their learning experiences at a small regional university. Participant profiles created
from the students' own words, generated in the interview transcripts framed the data analysis. From
the constant comparative analysis of the transcripts, an overarching theme of learning emerged.
During the analyses and interpretation, three sub-themes emerged. The first two sub-themes
represented the outer realities of the participants' life worlds. The outer realities, common to
all participants were lifelong learning and personal performance. However, the participants' inner
realities served to integrate their life-worlds. In this study, inner realities were explored using
tact, which is a 'thinkingly feeling' process melding the head and the heart (van Manen, 1995).
Refinement of the data and returning to the literature led to the final sub-theme of fulfilment
intertwined with generativity. The participants experienced a sense of happiness as they were
learning at university. They also expanded their generativity while learning among younger stu9ents
and nurturing younger members of their families. Implications include the need for research in
classroom-based studies of seniors' learning experiences, the use of focus group methods for
seniors' collective input, the need for curriculum development and support systems for senior
learners and policy development and implementation based on