ERIC Number: ED234190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Identification of a Core Curriculum in Gerontology for Allied Health Professionals. Final Report.
Hedl, John J.; And Others
The overall goal of this project was to identify a core curriculum in gerontology for seven allied health professions (radiologic technologist, radiation therapist, respiratory therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, physical therapy assistant, and occupational therapy assistant). The project also identified the current state of gerontology education in these seven disciplines and recommended curricula. Data were gathered through consultation with the professional organizations associated with the seven disciplines and by a mailed survey to national and state samples of educators and practitioners. Analyses of data resulted in the identification of four core areas that showed agreement for all groups: psychology of aging, physiology of aging, pathology, and communication skills. Additional clusters of topics were identified for several of the disciplines. A curriculum outline for each of the four areas was then developed, complete with objectives, learning exercises, media resources, and references. The data also suggested that current educational programs in the disciplines lacked information on gerontology. Recommendations were made for incorporation of gerontology education into inservice education programs for these occupations. The project recommended that the curriculum developed through this project be used to upgrade the training of these personnel to improve their care of the elderly. (KC)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Allied Health Occupations Education, Allied Health Personnel, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Educational Gerontology, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Older Adults, Physical Therapy Aides, Radiologic Technologists
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Dallas. Health Science Center.
Identifiers: Respiratory Therapists