ERIC Number: EJ1214865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Are Slovak Universities Prepared to Create the Department of Geragogy and Train Future Geragogues?
Balogová, Beáta; Gazdová, Veronika Kmetóny
Acta Educationis Generalis, v9 n1 p39-55 Apr 2019
Introduction: The authors of this paper base their research on the following assumption: the development of both geragogic education (older adult education) and profession is conditioned by the existence of a study program of geragogy provided by departments of geragogy created at universities (as public institutions of higher education). The fact remains that a qualified training of geragogues is absent in the Slovak conditions. Purpose: When compiling a graduate profile, inclusive of a list of competences that a geragogue should possess, a range of specific local circumstances needs to be taken into consideration. Subsequently, it is necessary to define a position of a geragogue. Geragogue is a professional working in the field of senior education, just like a pedagogue or an adult educator work in their fields. It is also important to identify and accentuate the philosophical and social context in which these professionals are confronted with the demands of today's society, in a form of a society based on knowledge, questions of the ongoing social changes and defining the meaning of life. Results: The task of creating the department and program of geragogy is formulated as a social demand of the time, debunking the current myth of the crisis of universities. In history, a university was a vital place where the values serving social integration emerged. It was also a practice field for the educators to train so they could spread these values and transform them into social skills. Conclusion: In the conclusion, the authors propose key areas of undergraduate training of geragogues, including the definition of institutional anchoring, with the goal to contribute to ongoing professional discussion and to creation of the department and the program of geragogy.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Adult Education, Educational Gerontology, Universities, Departments, Older Workers, Undergraduate Study, Program Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Slovakia