ERIC Number: EJ1201090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
An Age-Friendly Multidisciplinary Course Integrating the Physical and Social Sciences
Farah, Kimberly S.; Montepare, Joann M.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v48 n3 p24-29 Jan 2019
Our population is aging, calling for communities to be more age friendly and younger individuals to be more aware of aging issues that will impact their personal and professional lives. However, colleges provide few opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a more age-diverse world. Drawing on a new general education core curriculum that calls for students to gain and integrate information within four different knowledge perspectives, we describe a multidisciplinary course that uses information from the physical and social sciences to examine age-friendly community problems and solutions. Topics included environmental health, industrial ecology, and sustainable energy in the context of social-psychological well-being across the life span. Research activities and design projects gave students hands-on opportunities to apply multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems and gain age-related knowledge. Evaluations indicated that the course successfully accomplished its learning objectives, and several lessons were learned about delivering an age-friendly, multidisciplinary course.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Aging (Individuals), Community Problems, Problem Solving, Environment, Health, Industry, Ecology, Sustainability, Energy, Well Being, Social Psychology, Hands on Science, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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