|Published online: May 7, 2014||$US5.00|
In response to international concerns to integrate content across disciplines and settings while also providing opportunities for university students to apply practices outside the classroom, faculty from the disciplines of Sociology and Nursing have collaborated in the conceptualization, design, teaching and assessment of “Reminiscing: The Art and the Science,” an integrative and interdisciplinary, community-based course that examines the experience of developing relationships with independent elders utilizing theories in Psychology, Sociology and Nursing as well as research and critical thinking. In the uniquely designed Reminiscence course, students conduct qualitative research via semester-long interviews with well utilizing techniques of life review to recall past events, feelings, and thoughts through narratives. Interviews are videotaped and edited by students who then examine the data through socio-cultural, developmental, and clinical lenses and develop the ability to articulate the similarities and differences in disciplinary approaches to societal issues Course objectives and student outcomes are based on the societal necessity to support positive experiences in the care of older adults and to facilitate intentional encounters between students and elders in community and society. This focus is based on the critical need to prepare students in the understanding and care of the world’s fastest growing population and learn to function as lifelong learners and engaged citizens.
|Keywords:||Reminiscing, Interdisciplinary, Gerontology|
Assistant Professor, Sociology, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL, USA
Associate Professor, Nursing, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL, USA