ERIC Number: ED210716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Geragogy: Instructional Programs for Elders.
Programs for the elderly are rapidly becoming part of adult education programs. Such programs often use the methods and assumptions associated with androgogy (an approach to adult education advocating that instruction of adults should encourage self-directed learning) and use learning objectives related to life experiences and problems. Although some of these assumptions might be incorporated into educational programs for the elderly, learners in this age group often have unique assets and liabilities that should be tapped. Perhaps "geragogy" would be a better approach to use with such learners. Geragogy emphasizes the guided learning of older adults and considers their special needs. The older adult population--for example--has a lower level of formal education than the rest of the population, is composed largely of females, has changing social interaction patterns, and suffers from a number of health problems. To meet these needs, the geragogy approach would stress instructor-directed learning, supervised decision making, and person-centered activities. This approach is especially suited for speech communication instruction because the skills of listening, speaking, problem solving, and social interaction are fundamental to the needs of the elderly. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Summer Conference on Communication and Gerontology (Edwardsville, IL, July 22-24, 1981).