Gerontological activities in academic programs in home economics in the united states

William A. Griffin, George A. Hughston, S. J. Ritchey

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Some 360 home economics units throughout the U.S. were surveyed in an effort to obtain information concerning the extent to which gerontology has been incorporated into home economics programs. Looked at were such factors as number of courses taught with gerontological content, number of qualified instructors and their respective academic backgrounds, and the number of active research programs in which gerontology is a focus. Of the 164 respondents, 141 (86%) reportedly offer academic courses with some gerontological content. Approximately one-half of the responding institutions offer graduate programs and about 60% were state supported. Eighty-five of the respondents have at least one faculty member with a minimum of gerontology background, and a total of 57 active research endeavors were listed. Results indicate that gerontology and its related areas are being taught to a large extent in home economics programs. The diverse nature of gerontology and its applicability to home economics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-393
Number of pages5
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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