Encouraging responsible aging through pedagogy: The future self exercise

Julie Masters, Lyn M. Holley

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Introductory gerontology courses have the potential to enhance student appreciation of aging issues. The effectiveness of such courses for informing views about individual aging is little studied. This study, using a quasi-experimental design, examines the impact of participation in an introductory course in aging on 158 undergraduate students in a Midwestern state. The course used an instructional device, the Future Self Exercise, to help students acknowledge and plan for their own future aging. A pre- and postcomparison of student self-ratings and descriptions supports the efficacy of introductory courses using this instructional approach for educating student views about their own aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-46
Number of pages13
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Anticipatory socialization
  • Future self
  • Individual aging
  • Projecting aging
  • Undergraduate students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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