ERIC Number: ED206557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School-Based Programs for Facilitating Positive Attitudes Toward the Elderly.
Baranowski, Marc; Schilmoeller, Gary
This paper describes techniques for bringing the elderly and topics related to aging to children into school settings. Through the participation of older adults in the schools and the inclusion of materials on aging in school curricula, students can develop positive and accurate views of aging and the aged. The first technique discussed is curriculum activities, specifically classroom discussions, role playing, and simulations. A second approach aimed at changing the image of aging involves utilizing the talents of retired persons as volunteers or paid employees in the schools. Older adults can have part-time positions as teacher aides, tutors, visiting teachers, library aides, and playground supervisors. A third approach involves giving students course credit or wages for participation with older adults in home, nursing home, work, or community settings. The author points out that there is a need to evaluate these techniques and programs. Often it is taken for granted that whenever such materials or opportunities are presented, they automatically result in an improved image of the elderly in the minds of young people. However, some research shows that this is not warranted. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aging Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (Lenox, MA, April, 1981).