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ERIC Number: EJ829994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Undergraduate Students' Perceptions and Behaviors Related to the Aged and to Aging Processes
Van Dussen, Daniel J.; Weaver, Robert R.
Educational Gerontology, v35 n4 p340-355 Apr 2009
Aging education is relatively new to the university, and our understanding of the perspectives students bring to aging populations is correspondingly limited. This investigation surveys 546 students at a midsized, Midwestern university to explore students' views toward elders, toward serving elders, and toward the relevance of aging education for various other areas of study. Our results suggest generally favorable attitudes: older students and students with greater contact with aging populations were more positive than their counterparts; gender, GPA, and aging courses taken showed sporadic or no effects on various attitudes. These preliminary findings offer a baseline for future investigations. Our findings suggest that students who have more contact through friendship and volunteer experiences have more positive attitudes toward working with older adults. Additional research is needed to examine if type of gerontological instruction is associated with attitudes toward aging and aging education. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A