Increasingly, scholars from many disciplines have begun to incorporate various modalities from the humanities and arts – novels, films, artwork, and other forms of expression – to help connect students with the experience of aging in deeply meaningful and person-centered ways. This collection examines how these approaches are incorporated into gerontology and geriatrics education. Rather than focusing solely on measurable outcomes, such as changes in learning over time – which is the purview of empirical pedagogy – chapters focus on strategies for successfully incorporating a specific work into the classroom, descriptions of humanities and/or arts exercises with students or older adults, and other ways that explore how the humanities and arts can be applied successfully and meaningfully in educational settings. This book was originally published as a special issue of Geronotology & Geriatrics Education.
Introduction – The "Other" in Ourselves: Exploring the Educational Power of the Humanities and Arts1. Kate’s Journey: Introducing Students to the Human Side of Aging Services and Supports2. Teaching Through Remembering: Using Written Reminiscences in Courses for Older Adults3. Aging and the Arts Online: Lessons Learned From Course Development and Implementation4. Transformative Theatre: A Promising Educational Tool for Improving Health Encounters With LGBT Older Adults5. Ageing, Drama, and Creativity: Translating Research Into Practice