Planning Parades: My Students and Me

  • Cynthia L. Garthwait University of Montana


The process by which the author became a gerontologist is described through the metaphorical use of parades. The narrative suggests that a similar experience can be provided to students by helping them notice the parade of elders in their lives, enter the parade they see, recognize the sociohistorical context of the parade, make meaning of their observations, and commit to the welfare of elders. The narrative account of the shift from gerontological social worker to professor of gerontological social work proposes suggested ways in which students can be exposed to the field of gerontology in ways that will encourage them to consider entering this field.

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