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Aging: Concepts and Controversiesby Harry R Moody
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Presenting current research in an innovative format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we face as a society. Leading author and active expert in gerontology Rick Moody provides thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections and current research in the Controversy sections, demonstrating the close link between concepts and controversies in the broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course. Thoroughly revised throughout, this Sixth Edition updates developments in each sub-specialty including nine new readings, new international highlight boxes, and offers a more visually accessible two-color format.New to This EditionFocuses on a new controversy, Aging Boomers: Boom or Bust? that presents arguments on both the boom and the bust sides of the issue along with four new carefully selected readingsOffers a more logical flow through revised and reorganized Concepts and Controversies sections Offers nine new readings, as well as updated Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate that follow the readings in each controversy section.Features new photos, as well as updated charts and graphs that contain the most recent U.S. census data.Offers new international highlight boxes that provide comparative information on aging in other countriesIncludes updated Focus on Practice and Focus on the Future sections that engage student interest and help them apply concepts to real world issues.Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries Current Issues of Teaching Gerontology newsletter, sponsored by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: Issues of this newsletter, published monthly during the academic year, are provided free of charge to all adopters.Password-protected instructor resources at www.pineforge.com/moody6study: Contains test questions, back issues of Teaching Gerontology, and PowerPoint slides for each Basic Concepts and Controversies unit in the text. Open-access student study site at www.pineforge.com/moody6study: Contains flashcards and self-quizzes to help students check their understanding of key concepts, as well as video and audio clips, web resources, and journal articles.Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Sixth Edition, is intended for Introduction to Aging and Introduction to Social Gerontology courses, as well as for courses in aging policies.
Book News Annotation:
As with the previous five editions, Moody's (Hunter College, City U. of New York; academic affairs, AARP, Washington, DC) updated textbook responds to public debates and new social conditions by presenting key ideas from gerontology as an opportunity for critical thinking. Eleven chapters covering 11 major controversies are organized into three sections--the life course, socioeconomic trends, and health care--and have been updated with new figures, graphics and citations to reflect changes since publication of the 2006 fifth edition. Each chapter includes an overview of the controversy; a section highlighting comparable issues in other countries; four to six reading selections from varied sources; questions for writing, reflection, and debate; and a list of suggested readings. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presenting current research in an innovative format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we face as a society. Leading author and active expert in gerontology Rick Moody provides thorough explanation of the issues in the "Concepts" sections and current research in the "Controversy" sections, demonstrating the close link between concepts and controversies in the broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course. Thoroughly revised throughout, this Sixth Edition updates developments in each sub-specialty including nine new readings, new international highlight boxes, and offers a more visually accessible two-color format.
Praise for the third edition
I love the book. It allows students to apply knowledge from earlier courses. It combines theory and practice. It presents both sides of important issues. It is an excellent tool for critical thinking and discussion. -Rick Briggs, West Virginia University
I will indeed adopt this text again. I'm very pleased that Moody has offered a text that is critical in its sensibility but accessible in tone - it provides a great entree for students into the filed of aging studies and into the critical Gerontological imagination. - Jennifer Sasser-Coen, Ph.D., Marylhurst University
This text is a great introduction to the field of aging as students like to 'open-up' in the topics, instead of just passively listening and reading.
- Scott D. Wright, University of Utah
New to this edition: Major revision with the biology of aging and social security receiving special attention Updated and augmented figures and graphics using data from the Year 2000 U. S. Census. 11 new readings A web-based on-line appendix for even more up-to-date information to explore topics in depth.
Welcome to the world's most unique and dynamic textbook on aging. Widely praised and adopted, Harry Rick Moody has again presented the key concepts and controversies in an engaging and accessible fashion, supported with carefully chosen adapted readings, resulting in the most captivating introduction to gerontology available today.
From the opening chapter, the author encourages students to see aging not as a fixed period of life but as a process beginning at birth and extending over the entire life course. The pedagogical design of this book focuses oncontroversies and questions rather than on assimilating facts or coming up with a single correct view about aging or older people. The readings are selected to highlight ongoing debates in the field and to stimulate students to think more deeply about what is at stake in the issues presented.
For additional information and resources on aging, please visit www.hrmoody.com
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