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 Arts Kate de Medeiros
1. Kate’s Journey: Introducing Students to the Human Side of Aging Services and Supports Pamela Pitman Brown and Kelly Niles-Yokum
2. Teaching Through Remembering: Using Written Reminiscences in Courses for Older Adults Elena Bendien
3. Aging and the Arts Online: Lessons Learned From Course Development and Implementation Jacqueline Eaton
4. Transformative Theatre: A Promising Educational Tool for Improving Health Encounters With LGBT Older Adults Anne K. Hughes, Clare Luz, Dennis Hall, Penny Gardner, Chris Walker Hennessey, and Lynn Lammers
5. Ageing, Drama, and Creativity: Translating Research Into Practice Jackie Reynolds, Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano, and Michelle Rickett