ERIC Number: ED255835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Developing Gerontological Curriculum and Competencies: A Statewide Perspective.
Romaniuk, Jean G.; Arling, Greg
Practical reasons to consider standards for gerontology are presented in this perspective on developing gerontological curriculum. The creation of a statewide task force in Virginia to provide guidelines for the organization and evaluation of gerontology programs in higher education is described. Assumptions which underscored task force activities are explained: the need for development of general guidelines for program planning and review; the importance of balance between academic and applied perspectives in gerontology; the commitment to multidisciplinary representation on the task force; balance between skills and knowledge in defining necessary prerequisites for adequate career preparation; and the need for the task force outcome report to be applicable to the broadest context of users. The formation of the 22-member task force is described and the division of the task force into subcommittees representing the areas of health, mental health, community services and social sciences, and administration and planning is discussed. The activities of the task force are outlined in six steps: brainstorming knowledge and skills in gerontology, developing content objectives, formulating job classifications from job titles, tailoring objectives to job classifications, synthesizing information, and identifying key administrative and organizational issues. A brief summary of each step is included. Potential uses of the task force report are suggested for faculty, inservice educators, and students. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).