ERIC Number: ED115730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Design for the In-Service Training Context.
Gilliland, Virginia M.; Hickey, Tom
In devising training programs for gerontological service providers in Pennsylvania, attention was focused on determining to what extent inservice training improved the quality of or skill with which services were ultimately delivered. The Gerontology Manpower Project is recommending a client or consumer-oriented approach, as evidenced by project research. Four participant groups of institutional geriatric mental health workers, representing various sections of the State, were identified. An environmental therapy program was presented to one group, while the other three groups received basic gerontology information; two of the groups received an expanded program. Evaluation relied on pre- and post-testing for attitude changes and increased knowledge, subjective reactions of trainees and trainers, and agency assessments. Two factors which were predictors of change were the agency's philosophy of aging as it affects care for the aged and the degree of structure existing in the organization/agency. Interpretation of the results led project staff to believe that some degree of structure is needed for trainees to implement new learning and new approaches. The individual trainee needs to be considered in relationship to the job performed and the institutional setting and needs to be actively involved in determining the training objectives and training process. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Human Development.
Note: For related documents, see CE 005 052-054 and CE 005 056-058; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (101st, San Francisco, California, November 8, 1973) symposium on Training Models for Delivery of Health Care to the Elderly