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Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2007;28(1):1-18.

Infusing and sustaining aging content in social work education: findings from GeroRich projects.

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Department of Social Work, West Virginia University, PO Box 6830, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA. kmhash@mail.wvu.edu

Abstract

This article presents findings from experiences of 67 projects involved in GeroRich, an initiative funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation designed to infuse, enrich and sustain aging content in BSW and MSW curricula. Thematic qualitative analysis was used to uncover themes in answers to open-ended questions contained in End-of-Year 2 project reports. Content areas addressed by open-ended answers were: (1) successes and innovations, and (2) challenges requiring responses. Primary successes and innovations identified were as follows: curriculum enrichment, faculty and student involvement, student-learning activities and community. Challenges to be responded to were identified as lack of faculty involvement, competing demands on faculty and programs, and sustainability of project efforts. Examples of strategies implemented to overcome these obstacles include providing teaching resources, instituting financial and other supports, and developing strategic plans for sustaining content infusion post-funding. Experiences of the GeroRich projects offer practical considerations for other social work programs that accept the challenge of attracting and preparing students to work with the increasing population of older adults.

PMID:
18032179
DOI:
10.1300/J021v28n02_01
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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