Education and multimedia applications toward older adults: A humanistic interdisciplinary action study

M. F. Liu, S. C. Chen, W. C. Tseng

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Purpose: The industry related to older adults is becoming unprecedentedly important, and thus the fostering of healthcare professionals is a pressing issue. However, prejudice and discrimination against older adults exists among healthcare professionals to students within the healthcare disciplines. This study aimed to evaluate the curriculum design together with specific teaching and learning strategies supposed to help students who work with older adults more competent. Method: In May and June of 2013, the researchers conducted surveys with a group of students from a medical university. The constructs of the pre-test and post-test included individual factors such as information utilization, self-efficacy, and internal motivation, and external factors such as innovation support. This study aimed to further explore whether students influenced by these factors differed in behaviour, teaching styles and skills, learning, and achievement. The research structure is shown in Table 1 below. Results & Discussion: According to the research results, the curriculum arrangement of making short films and documentaries may inspire love and respect for older adults and help translate theories learned from class into practice. We also evaluated five core competencies within the curriculum including the index of health evaluation and guiding competence. (i) Having the professional knowledge regarding geriatric health management; (ii) the index of caring and respect literacy: having the humanity caring competence for geriatric caring; (iii) the index of social service spirit: having the humanism service spirit of caring about the society and respecting the elderly; (iv) the index of cross-team communication and cooperation competences: having the competences of cross-team interpersonal communications, coordination, and cooperation; and (v) the index of integration and innovation competences: having the innovation and responding competences of geriatric health management and services. This study demonstrated the usefulness of this curriculum and its effectiveness for talent development. Also, the implementation of media literacy is valuable for the interdisplinary binding of gerontological education and multimedia applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253
Number of pages1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Aging & learning
  • Communication & governance
  • Gerontology
  • Health management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Biomedical Engineering


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