ERIC Number: ED216760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Extending Continuing Educational Service to the Elderly Homebound. Teaching the Elderly Homebound through Learning Companions--A Peer Teaching Approach.
Delaloye, Joan E.
This report describes a project developed by New York City Technical College which provides continuing education to the homebound older adults through linkages with colleges and social agencies and a peer teaching approach. Section I provides background information; outlines project objectives, which include the training of professional teachers for the elderly and of a group of older adults who serve as learning companions to the homebound elderly; and describes the project setting. After Section II introduces project staff, Section III describes how the project operates, i.e., older adults, designated as learning companions, enroll in courses held one day a week at convenient community locations and, between class meetings, they visit shut-ins to share class content. This section also explains the methods used to evaluate the project and that the subject, teacher, social agency, and course site were the factors considered most important to the success and value of the course to students. In Section IV, outcomes, information, and evaluative findings are presented based on teacher reports, student responses and comments, and an examination of the value of the peer teaching method in nursing homes and hospitals for the aged. Section V discusses the implications of the findings and the problems encountered. Finally, Section VI considers the significance of the project and offers recommendations. Extensive appendices include course lists, program guidelines, and materials that were developed. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Technical Coll., Brooklyn. Div. of Continuing Education and Extension Services.