ERIC Number: ED243057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Nursing Home as a Resource in Teaching Courses on Aging.
Mehrotra, Chandra M. N.; And Others
With the increased percentage of older adults in the population, demand for professionals and paraprofessionals who possess both technical disciplinary competence and the experiential training necessary to work with older adults has increased. A program at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, allows students preparing for a career in gerontology to undertake both cognitive and experiential learning activities. This approach enables them to develop a better understanding of the aging process and also fosters positive attitudes towards the aged. Cognitive learning is achieved by attending lectures, reading books, journals, and other materials, and through conducting library research. Experiential learning, which is an integral part of the courses, takes place through participation in group or individual projects in an applied setting. The Benedictine Health Center (BHC), a health care facility located on the college campus, provides students with a variety of experiential learning opportunities. In addition to these opportunities, cooperative relationships have developed betwen the college faculty and the BHC staff. Students have assisted the faculty in an Andrus Foundation study examining the social interactions of BHC residents and day service adults with students, children, staff, and others. Students also conduct internships, hold part-time jobs, and do mini-projects at the BHC. Faculty invite BHC staff and residents to serve as speakers in their classes. College courses in gerontology and other disciplines are offered at the BHC, and gerontology faculty provide in-service training to new employees at the BHC. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College of Saint Scholastica MN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).