ERIC Number: EJ925645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Tuning Them in versus Turning Them On: How Do We Interest Students in Working with Older Adults?
Gross, Patricia E.; Eshbaugh, Elaine M.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v32 n2 p122-134 2011
As a nation, we face a shortage of individuals to serve our aging population. Therefore, the recruitment of undergraduate students into gerontology programs is an important, although challenging task. The purpose of this study was to determine if students who do not choose to major in gerontology do so because they simply are unaware of the opportunities or because they are uninterested. College students who were not gerontology majors (N = 226) were surveyed to determine whether they were aware of a gerontology major at their university, whether they could define gerontology, and their reasons for not pursuing gerontology. Results suggest that a lack of awareness, rather than a lack of interest, may be responsible for the challenges of recruiting college students into the field of gerontology. This implies that the most efficient path to bolstering our gerontology workforce may be to make students aware of the diverse and rewarding career opportunities in the field of aging. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Gerontology, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Student Recruitment, Educational Opportunities, Educational Gerontology, Student Educational Objectives, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Interest Inventories, Questionnaires, Career Choice
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A