University professors and retirement: Experience of successful aging?

Eliane Lucia Colussi, Vanessa Domingues Ilha, Tadia Carolina Cogo, Marilene Rodrigues Portella, Helenice de Moura Scortegagna

Abstract


The objective of this study was to analyze perceptions and memories of a group of retired professors, regarding to professional career, retirement process and the everyday invent anew since the superannuation. The analyzed group belongs to the same professional group and has the same socioeconomic background. The approach of the research was qualitative and was developed by means of semi structured interviews with nine retired professors. Based on a topic guide and a field diary were possible to analyze and interpret the collected data. The most frequent identified subjects were: different perceptions of life and career; reconstruction of retired professors quotidian and life plans for post-retirement period. The narrative analysis showed that satisfaction with professional career, preparation for retirement and the existence of future projects are directly related to the perception of successful aging for the studied group.


Keywords


Aging; Personal satisfaction; Retirement; University teachers; Memories.

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