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ERIC Number: ED029173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 232
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The Educational Interests and Needs of Older Adults in Selected Presbyterian Churches.
Mills, Beatrice Marie
The study attempted to identify and discern between the felt and real educational interests and needs of Presbyterian church members over 65 years of age, to discover ways by which ministers identify these interests and needs, and to suggest implications for Christian religious education. Data were obtained from mailed questionnaires from 187 older adults in eight sample churches and from 39 ministers; also from personal interviews with eight ministers and 48 older adults, who had been selected by a stratified, proportionate random sampling procedure. Of the adults, 30% identified an educational need, most commonly Bible study, discussion groups on current events and needs of older persons, group singing, and seeing a play in the church. Of the ministers, 59% tried to identify the needs of older adults, most frequently through personal inquiry. The ministers perceived the educational interests of older adults to include recreation and hobbies, Bible study, a theology of aging and retirement, and training in group discussion methods. It was concluded that older adults need to understand the concept of developmental tasks as it relates to later life, to improve verbal communication skills, and to cultivate an increased awareness of the necessity of thoughtfulness as a style of life and a respect for diversity within the church. (author/aj)
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