This study examines the benefits of introducing autoethnographic writing as part of an ageism intervention to familiarize students with the life course. In this mixed-methods study, 186 graduate and undergraduate students conducted interviews with a grandparent or older adult and subsequently assumed the identity of the grandparent to write introductions of themselves as if they were that grandparent, using “I” statements in an online discussion forum. Most assumed grandparents were women (78.0%), and White (63.8%) with an average age of 77.3 (SD = 12.3). Emerging themes were categorized into three levels: structural, familial, and individual. The number of times a certain theme was mentioned was counted and major themes were analyzed. Findings indicated how autoethnographic reflections can promote student examination of self-awareness, cultural heritages, and personal growth. This technique is encouraging as an educational ageism intervention and warrants further adaptation and testing.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||International Journal of Aging and Human Development|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study is funded by Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund and the Scholarship in Teaching and Learning grant at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
© The Author(s) 2020.
- gerontology education
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Geriatrics and Gerontology