Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Age as a Factor of Diversity

Age is...
  • An interaction with ethnicity, gender, social status and culture
  • Influences perceptions, attitudes, values and behavior
Childhood & Adolescence
  • Social Class % Poverty - 1 in 6
  • Prejudice
  • Child Abuse
  • Relationship with parents
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Suicide
  • Violence
Adulthood
  • Ages 20 - 64 ... HUGE life decisions
  • Baby Boomers - 1946-1964
  • Education for adults
  • Generation X - 1965 - 1976
  • Generation Y - 1980 - 1994 1/3 of the US population
Old Age
  • Age 65 and up
  • in US, value is placed on production
  • by 2030 we shall have 70 million elderly
  • Pensions & health care are major issues
  • Elderly make up a strong political force - THEY VOTE (AARP)
  • Socioeconomic factors present difficulties

Educational Implications
  • Perception of various age groups
  • Understanding age-group characteristics
  • Child abuse reporting responsibilities
  • Health issues and risky behaviors
  • Education will continue to compete for scarce resources

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