ERIC Number: ED364275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-30
Brokering Rural AGE: Transferring the Model of Gerontological Curriculum Development in Rural Community Colleges throughout Region VII.
Stunkel, Edith L.; Peters, George R.
Brokering Rural AGE was a 17-month collaborative project for the development of gerontological curricula, involving four university-based gerontology centers and 17 community colleges in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Its purpose was to enhance the gerontological curricula of community colleges serving rural areas by means of a model consisting of four components: curriculum development, a team approach and inter-institutional networking, faculty development through conferences and consultants, and resource targeting. The project was based on the premise that rural areas of the Midwest were rapidly undergoing population aging, but lacked the numbers and concentration of gerontological specialists and services of urban areas. Each of the participating community colleges formed a team of faculty and administrators who provided the key link between the university gerontological centers and their colleges. The first major project outcome was the development or upgrading of introductory gerontology courses at all 17 community colleges. The courses were offered a total of 25 times to 275 students during the project. In addition, 11 of the colleges developed and offered 17 additional academic gerontology courses, 15 non-credit continuing education workshops in gerontology were offered, and four colleges developed associate of arts degrees in gerontology and/or nursing home administration. The university centers shared resources with the community colleges, including syllabi, books, videotapes, research reports, and needs assessments. All community colleges reported professional development activities in which at least one team member participated during the project. The project report includes a discussion and evaluation of outcomes, information on conferences, and a final report survey form. (ECC)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Gerontology, Faculty Development, Gerontology, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Aging.
Note: For a related documents, see ED 276 465.