Reminiscing: Expanding the Experience through Collaboration and Research

By Kate Carey and Peg Gallagher.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Article: Print $US10.00
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

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, May 2014, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 302.137KB)).

Dr. Kate Carey

Assistant Professor, Sociology, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Kate Carey is an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Saint Xavier University in Chicago IL. Her research interests include life satisfaction among the elderly, aging in prisons, interdisciplinary course development, qualitative research, and sociology of religion.

Dr. Peg Gallagher

Associate Professor, Nursing, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL, USA

Peg Gallagher EdD, RN, CNE is a member of the nursing faculty at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Peg has taught gerontology nursing to undergraduate nursing students and research and professional role courses to graduate nursing students. Armed with a doctorate in educational psychology, she currently serves as the undergraduate associate dean. Her research interests include elder reminiscing and educational teaching and learning strategies to support student learning in schools of nursing. Supporting the need for integration of interdisciplinary coursework, she has forged relationships with colleagues across campus. These responsibilities combined with her passion to prepare nursing students to provide competent care for the elderly drive her professional work.