ERIC Number: ED115731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Sensory Impairment Program for Gerontological Service Providers.
Fatula, Betty J.; And Others
The report deals with the design, development, and evaluation of a short-term training program directed toward modifying attitudes and acquiring new information and skills about sensory impairments frequently found among institutionalized elderly people. The training attempted to provide participants with a clearer understanding of the implication of visual and hearing loss in the elderly and to encourage more positive attitudes and empathy toward their client population. The three-hour training module consisted of lecture, film, discussion, and simulation. Participants were over 300 women, 18-74 years, working in institutions, agencies, or community programs as institutional staff, agency workers, and interested volunteers. Using a non-equivalent control group design, the program was evaluated for content effectiveness and techniques of adult instruction. Pre- and post-testing was conducted to measure knowledge gain and attitude change. Although complete data analysis is in process, there appears to be a definite indication that older people began the training with a more negative view of aging than younger groups in all categories of attitudes. For all age groups, training seemed to change attitudes concerning stereotyping in a more positive direction. However, training also resulted in higher anxiety about aging in all age groups. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Human Development.
Note: For related documents, see CE 005 052-055 and CE 005 057-058