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The role of gerontology in nursing education: Cross-cultural perspectives on developing educational leadership.
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3519-113X
Mälardalens högskola.
Mälardalens högskola.
2016 (English)In: Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Health care professionals in general have inadequate knowledge concerning normal aging and pathological conditions associated with aging. Gerontology plays an important role in developing positive attitudes towards working with older adults and is an increasingly important requirement for nurses. The AGHE’s 10 recommended foundational core competencies in gerontology for undergraduate and graduate education is a guideline for structuring education in that area. This study originates from a collaboration between two universities, one in Sweden and one in Thailand, where Thai nursing students study in Sweden for their final year. The Thai students take a gerontology course with other international students, all future leaders in their respective home countries. The teaching team consists of Swedish lecturers and Thai lecturers/doctoral students in nursing. When combining Eastern and Western cultural views on aging as well as on pedagogy, the understanding of aging in different cultures deepens, and our native pedagogical methods are challenged. However, gerontology as a subject is seldom explicitly shown in the curricula, and the place of gerontology within the nursing programs both in Sweden and Thailand is still not quite clear. The question is, what role should gerontology have in nursing programs in Sweden and Thailand from the perspective of the educational leadership within the nursing programs? How is gerontology perceived in relation to other courses in the nursing program? Aim: To explore and describe the experiences and perceptions of nursing program leaders/directors regarding the role of gerontology within the nursing programs in Sweden and Thailand. Material and methodsA qualitative approach with narrative methodology was used. The participants (n=8), lecturers, and directors of the nursing program at a Thai university and a Swedish university, were asked to narrate their experiences based on open-ended questions related to the aim of the study. The interview material was analyzed according to a narrative method.

Objective 1: After attending this activity, participants will be able to discuss how gerontology courses within a bilingual program can develop leadership in the health care of older adults.

Objective 2: The participants will also be able to expand the discussion about cross cultural education leadership in gerontology. Commonalities as well as differences in challenges and opportunities with implementing gerontology as a subject within nursing programs will be explored.

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2016.
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Nursing
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5753OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5753DiVA: diva2:1075839
Conference
42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). 3-6 March, Long Beach, California, USA.
Projects
Teaching Gerontology an International Cooperation Project - "Teaching gerontology from a global perspective”
Available from: 2016-03-19 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-03-30Bibliographically approved

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