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Teaching Gerontology: A Joint Mission between Asia and Europe
Mälardalens högskola.
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3519-113X
2015 (English)In: The Changing Face of Aging around the World, 2015Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Internationalization in the area of health and welfare in higher education provides good opportunities to confront and deal with many of the challenges an aging population implies. It also brings an opportunity to spread ideas and awareness of different ways of addressing the needs of a changing demography around the world. The Double Degree Bilingual Nursing Program (DDBNP) is a collaboration between Thailand and Sweden, where the students from a Bangkok University study their fourth and final year of the program at Mälardalen University, Sweden. The program includes one 72 course in gerontology and the fundamentals of nursing older adults. While in Sweden the students also study caring from a cultural perspective, methods and theories in caring science and write their bachelor thesis before returning to Bangkok for their graduation. Although, these nursing students are the policy makers, practitioners and scholars of tomorrow, in positions that enables them to implement gerontology within the nursing programs, more education in gerontology is needed. The aging population in Thailand is growing rapidly and education in aging and age-related processes needs to be implemented on all of the nursing educational levels. Our vision is to see a continuation and accelerated development of gerontological proficiency by taking education on gerontology a step further in order to expand the target group to include lecturers in nursing using a concept that builds on the idea of multiplication. After attending this activity, participants will be able to expand discussion about cross cultural education in gerontology.

Objective 1: The main objective of this paper is to discuss how courses in gerontology can be multiplied, spread and shared through co-production in a joint mission between Asia and Europe. At this stage the concept of multiplication involves lecturers in nursing. Challenges in international collaboration within higher education will be highlighted, as well as how course content can be made culturally relevant and the exchange of diverse pedagogical ideas.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Education, Gerontology, Multiplication, Nursing, Older adults
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Nursing
Research subject
Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5752DiVA: diva2:1075838
Conference
AGHE ANNUAL MEETING AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. FEB. 26-MAR. 1 2015 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA.
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-03-30Bibliographically approved

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