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ERIC Number: EJ1032890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
An Empirical Assessment of an Activity to Teach Sensory Change in Aging
Dickinson, Paige E.; Schwarzmueller, April; Martin, Bret
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n3 p242-245 Jul 2014
This study empirically tested the effectiveness of a brief, inexpensive aging simulation activity to educate traditional-aged students about sensory declines and their potential causes in older adulthood development. Students in a life-span development course wore specific props (e.g., thick gloves, earplugs, and obscured glasses) to simulate neuropathy, arthritis, sensory impairment, and fatty tissues loss, while carrying out a variety of physical tasks. Pretest-posttest analyses revealed that students who engaged in the simulation activity with discussion learned far more regarding sensory changes of aging than did students who passively listened to a lecture on the topic. These results provide evidence that an economical role-playing simulation can be a successful means for teaching students about sensory changes in older adulthood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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