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Exploring the Inclusion of 2SGBTQ+ Aging Experiences in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Gerontology Classrooms: An Explanatory Mixed-Methods Study

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Title: Exploring the Inclusion of 2SGBTQ+ Aging Experiences in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Gerontology Classrooms: An Explanatory Mixed-Methods Study
Author: Lipinski, Emma
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Wilson, Kimberley
Abstract: Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer (2SLGBTQ+) aging populations are underserved and understudied with educational resources and gerontological pedagogy often rooted in cis- and heteronormative assumptions of aging. This study explores how 2SLGBTQ+ aging experiences are included in curricula, along with opportunities and barriers to doing so, from the perspectives of educators of post-secondary gerontology courses across Ontario. An exploratory mixed-method design was employed, using surveys (N=17) followed by semi-structured key-informant interviews (N=5). Findings suggest that the inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ aging topics varied greatly. Barriers to inclusion include a lack of knowledge, resources and time. Opportunities to address these barriers included enhancing education and training for instructors and creating instructor-specific resources. Findings can help promote the inclusion and representation of 2SLGBTQ+ voices in gerontology, inform the creation of curriculum resources, and contribute to developing a more equipped workforce to provide inclusive and competent care and services to all older adults.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26411
Date: 2021-09
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