ERIC Number: ED243015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Change in Undergraduate Student's Perceptions about Aging Using the Palmore Facts on Aging Quiz.
Dail, Paula W.; Johnson, James E.
Perceptions of the aging process are of vital concern to the study of life span development. To investigate the effect of formal instruction about the aging process on students' perceptions, and to examine the relationship between performance on the Facts on Aging Quiz (FAQ) and respondent variables (age, sex, school rank and major, course participation, and performance), 122 predominatly female college students, evenly divided into either an experimental or a control condition, completed the FAQ before and after completing courses in human development. The experimental group participated in a course on human development from middle childhood to old age, including a weekly lecture, discussion group, or volunteer experience. The control group participated in a child development course with no reference to the adult aging process. An analysis of the results showed that for the experimental group, students' perceptions of the aging process became more accurate as a result of obtaining information about aging. Students in the control group showed no change in their perceptions of aging. All correlations between performance on the FAQ and respondent variables were not significant. To obtain full use of the FAQ as an educational assessment tool the content domain needs to be broadened to be more representative of generalized knowledge about aging. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Facts on Aging Quiz (Palmore)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983). An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Council of Family Relations (Stevens Point, WI, 1982).