ERIC Number: ED210077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-21
Reference Count: 0
Senior Citizens as a Community Resource in the Humanities.
Epstein, Donald B.
Senior citizens can support community college humanities programs in three ways. First, they are a resource of potential students and are eager for courses providing them with historical, musical and literary knowledge. Clackamas Community College in Oregon City has responded to their interest by providing non-credit extension courses at every senior citizen center and large retirement home in the district. Courses are developed based on residents' interests, and instructors interested in initiating a new course are often advised to try it out in the retired community. Second, older adults provide younger students with a vital source of information and wisdom which relates theory and practice in the classroom. Clackamas makes use of a Retired Senior Volunteer Program to locate seniors who can explain to younger students their experiences during the depression or in war. Third, seniors can serve as a valuable resource for student projects in history and literature, as students can interact with and interview seniors and benefit from their experiences. Clackamas is planning a project focusing on life in Clackamas County during the depression of 1934. Informants from different communities and occupations have been lined up to record their memories on audio tape. Portland Community College sponsored a student film in which seniors described life on the Willamette River in the steamboat days. The film itself has many educational uses, in addition to demonstrating the benefits of senior involvement. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Clackamas Community College OR
Note: Paper presented at the Pacific Western Conference of the Community College Humanities Association (San Mateo, CA, November 20-21, 1981).