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Teaching About Aging:  Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, 1999 (3rd Edition)

Edited by Dena Shenk and Jay Sokolovsky

KEY FEATURES:

* 40 course outlines including: Introduction to Gerontology; Ethnographies of Aging; Aging, Health and Women; Aging  and Policy, Minority Aging, Research Methods.

* Extensive discussion of using the internet in your courses.

* A special section on techniques and resources for the classroom, including: literature and film, simulations, role playing, writing exercises, web assignments and many more.

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INTRODUCTION

 This new edition of Teaching About Aging: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives is a joint effort of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE) and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).  The International Commission on Age and Ageing of the Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences also provided financial support for preparation of this publication. It has been almost a decade since the previous edition was published and a number of things have happened which greatly broaden the resources for educators interested in a global and interdisciplinary approach to the field of aging. The first has been an enormous burst of research and publications on aging in non-Western cultures as well as ethnic groups situated in North American and European contexts. This is reflected not only in new books but also in journals such as the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, the Journal of Aging and Ethnicity, Ageing International and the Journal of Ageing and Identity. In reading the chapters in this book, you will also notice teachers using recent journal articles drawn from numerous special issues having a cross-cultural focus.
        Another change has been the growth of a qualitative and cross-cultural approach to aging beyond the disciplinary bounds of anthropology. This expanded qualitative, comparative approach is often referred to as "qualitative gerontology." This movement has included those in fields as divergent as sociology, geography, nursing, social work, medicine and demography.
        A third very dramatic change is the availability of educational resources through the Internet. Most universities now have connections readily available to both students and faculty in computer centers, dorms and faculty offices. Some schools now provide each entering student with a laptop computer which they are expected to take to class. As detailed in Jay Sokolovsky's chapter in the book's last section, some gerontology courses can be taken completely on the Web and a vast array of teaching materials are now available for use in classes.
        The scale of these pedagogical riches can be overwhelming. However, we hope this publication will provide substantial assistance to higher education faculty in developing courses of substance and interest to their students. Toward this end, the second section of this volume discusses the realities of using resources such as literature, film, simulation exercises, and the Web in your classrooms.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………vii
List of Contributors ………………………………………………………………………………ix

SECTION I.  SYLLABI

A.  INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY ………………………...........………………..…1

     1.   UNDERGRADUATE

Gerontology, Lyndall Hare …………………………….…………………………………………2

Social Work with the Elderly, Ann Skopin ……………………………………..…………………7

Introduction to Gerontology, James Peacock .……………………………….…………………..21

Introduction to Aging, Jocelyn Armstrong .…………………………………..…………………..25

  2.  UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE

Perspectives on Aging, Chris Johnson. …………………………………….……………………36

Social Gerontology, Alton Clark Dubois. …………………………….…………………………40

  3.  GRADUATE

Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Aging, Linda Breytspraak ………....……………………………59

Gerontology; An Overview, Carol Gaetjens ………………………………………………….…64

Current Issues in Gerontology, Dena Shenk …………………………………………………….77

Social Gerontology, Chris Johnson ……………………………………………………………..80

B.   AGING AND CULTURE

     1.   UNDERGRADUATE

Aging and Culture, Rebecca Berman ……………………………………………………………87

Aging in Society, K. Kalab .……………………………………………………………………..93
 
 

Cross-Cultural Gerontology; Aging Around the World, Mel Kimble…………….....……………..98

Aging and Society, Yoko Tsuji....………………………………………………………………100

     2.  UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE

Aging: Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives, Jay Sokolovsky………......……………………106

Aging from a Cross Cultural Perspective, Harley Schreck………. …..…………………………114

Culture and Aging, Bob Harman ………………………………………………………………120

     3.   HONORS, WRITING INTENSIVE OR GENERAL EDUCATION

Aging and Culture, Dena Shenk……… ……………………………………………………….127

The Universal Experience of Aging, Maria Vesperi ……………………………..…………….. 134

Global Issues, Meredith Uttley ……………………………………………………………….. 141

     4.  GRADUATE SEMINAR

Sociology of Aging/Anthropology of Aging, Sharon Kaufman and Patrick Fox………….....……147

C.  BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Biological Aging in Humans, Cynthia Beall……… ……………………….…………....………..152

Growth Development and Aging, Doug Crews………. …………………………..…………….162

 D.  MINORITY/ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Minority Aging, Lisa Groger……… ………………………………………………….………. 168

Aging and Cultural Diversity, Rebecca Berman ………..……………………………...….……..182

 E.  CULTURE, HEALTH AND AGING

Women, Aging and Health, Nancy Schoenberg ………………………….…….……………….199

Culture, Health and Aging: Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives,
J. Sokolovsky………..…………………………………………………………..........……….207
 
 

F.  AGING NETWORK AND PUBLIC POLICY

The Aging Services Network, Rebecca Berman………………....……………………………..218

Public Policy of Aging, David Brown …………………..…………....…………………………233

Public Policy and Aging, Rebecca Berman………… …………...……………………………..239

Aging and Public Policy, Dana Bradley ……………………………..…………………………258

Administration of Aging Programs, Dana Bradley……….......………………………………… 263

 G.  RESEARCH

Research Methods in Gerontology I, James Peacock…………....………………..……………269

Research Methods in Gerontology II, James Peacock…………. ……...………………..……..272

Research Methods in Gerontology, Carol Gaetjens ………….………...………………………276

Research Issues in Aging, Doug Crews…………....………………………………….…..……287

 H.  SPECIAL TOPICS

Aging and Disability, Jocelyn Armstrong………….....…………………………………………294

The Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course, Lawrence Cohen and
 Sharon Kaufman ………..……………………………..........……………….……………… 306

Culture and Emotion: Love and Death in Cross Cultural Perspective,
 Yoko Tsuji……….. ………………………………….........………………………….…… 315

Ethnographies of Aging, Rebecca Berman …………...……………………………………….323

Lifestyles and Resource Management in Aging, Christopher Johnson…………......……………346

Meanings of Old Age, Carol Gaetjens………… ……………………………………….. ...…352

Seminar in Death and Dying, Chris Johnson ………..…………..……………………………. 363

Values Decision-making and the Elderly (Ethics and Aging)
 Carol Gaetjens……….. ……………………………………………………........……….... 367

Women: Midlife and Beyond, Lyndall Hare ……….………………………………………….384

SECTION II.

 A.  TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND RESOURCES

Experimental Learning About Aging: A Simulation Exercise for Undergraduate
Students,  Monica Deppen-Wood………..………………………… ……….......………….391

Minority Teaching Module, Dana Bradley …………………………………………...…..…. 398

Aging Across Generations, Lucy Rose Fisher…………………. …………………...………..401

The Bag Lady, Sue Perkins Taylor…………………. ………………….……………………408

Oral Histories,  James Peacock ………………….…………………………………………. 412

Are Teachers and Students Ready for It?:  The Limitations, Dangers and Promise of
 Using Electronic Technologies in the Classroom,  Jay Sokolovsky ……………...........………424

Expanding a Cross-Cultural Perspective on Aging Through Fiction, Drama and the
 Visual Arts, Maria D. Vesperi …………………………………………….......……………433

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