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ERIC Number: EJ844137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
The Value of a Gerontology Certificate: A Survey of Frank J. Manning Alumni, 1980-2001
Silverstein, Nina M.; Sullivan, Donna M.; Murtha, Jenai; Jawad, May H.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v26 n2 p51-68 2005
The Frank J. Manning Certificate Program in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1979 as part of an Administration on Aging (AoA) grant to develop and expand services to the elderly citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program was designed to implement concepts associated with productive aging theory and traditionally has targeted learners age 60 and older. Alumni representing classes from 1980 to 2001 were surveyed by phone to learn if the original program objectives still have relevance today and to document how alumni have utilized knowledge and skills attained in the program. Almost 80% (364) of surviving alumni completed interviews. Specifically, alumni were asked about their volunteer experiences, employment, and advocacy efforts within the aging network of programs and services, as well as the impact of their training on their own aging. About 3/4 of the alumni had volunteered with elders since completing the program, while 1/4 worked in the aging network. Additional outcomes support the notion of life-long learning with many alumni continuing their education beyond the certificate program. In addition, many alumni reported utilizing knowledge and skills in care-giving for family members and friends. This study will help document the value of certificate-level training in Gerontology for its students and for the communities they serve. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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