ERIC Number: ED214084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Foundations in Gerontological Education: Issues and Dilemmas for Students.
Herriott, Martha; Prothero, Joyce
Although considerable research has examined various issues regarding gerontological curriculum, little attention has been focused on the experience of students of gerontology and aging. The "Foundations in Gerontological Education" study was extended to students by comparing views of students (N=132) on essential components of core curriculum with Foundations panelists (N=87). Student members of the Western Gerontological Society were surveyed using an instrument that randomly ordered the 40 topics agreed "essential" by 50% or more Foundation panelists. Information on essentiality, availability, and requirement of each topic, and data on related educational opportunities were collected. The findings indicated that students and panelists were in consensus on essentiality of certain topics: psychology of aging, health and aging, sensory change, sociology of aging, mental health and illness, economics of aging, and role change. These "essential" topics, however, were not universally available, and were required by half or fewer students' programs. A cluster of topics related to social policy, legislation, and social services was considered more essential by students than by panelists. Students' perceptions of topic essentiality was not related to discipline/major or to prior work history in gerontology. The results suggest that students' perceptions appear to be related significantly to requirements of individuals' programs and to academic levels of students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Inst. on Aging.
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).