ERIC Number: ED301230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Rural AGE: Accessing Gerontological Education.
Peters, George R.; Stunkel, Edith L.
An overview is provided of "Rural AGE: Accessing Gerontological Education," a 3-year curriculum and faculty development project in Kansas aimed at transferring gerontological expertise and educational capacities from state universities to a consortium of seven rural community colleges. Introductory sections explain the purpose, background, and origins of the project, discuss the need for gerontological services in rural Kansas, and identify the principle participants in the project, Kansas State University's (KSU's) Center for Aging, the Western Kansas Community Services Consortium, and the Kansas Gerontology Consortium. The next section describes Rural AGE, highlighting the following activities: (1) community college gerontology teams were formed to serve as links between the staff at KSU and the community colleges and to develop courses and curricula; (2) five conferences were held to monitor progress, disseminate project materials, and permit face-to-face contact between participants; (3) community college teams were encouraged to attend gerontological conferences to consult with other professionals in the field; (4) $500 awards were provided for purchasing course and curriculum materials; (5) annual site visits were conducted; (6) six of the community colleges held mini-conferences; (7) a guide, "Developing Gerontological Curricula: A Process for Success," was prepared; (8) information about the project was disseminated in newsletters and conference presentations; and (9) the project was evaluated. Next, project results are enumerated for each year of the project, indicating that at least 35 courses serving 1,887 learners are now offered on a repeated basis at the colleges. The bulk of the report consists of appendixes, including the curriculum development guide, information about the conferences, a handbook of gerontology resources, and evaluation forms and reports. (AACZ)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Consortia, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Gerontology, Faculty Development, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Older Adults, Population Trends, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Population, Rural Schools, State Universities, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Aging.