ERIC Number: ED223866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
The Efficacy of a Self Help Leadership Training Program for Older Adults.
Kaye, Lenard W.; And Others
An evaluation of the Seniors Teaching Seniors project conducted at the Columbia University Brookdale Institute on Aging showed that the demonstration program was regarded favorably by those who had participated in it. The project recruited 40 senior citizens who were interested in teaching a course at their senior centers and gave them 8 weeks of training in teaching methods, the psychology of aging, and group leadership skills. The course was conducted as a demonstration of how to structure and teach lessons, as well as how to develop other skills needed to organize local programs. The participants were divided into two groups, distinguished by whether or not they had had instructional experience in the past. Those with prior experience tended to have been white collar or professional workers, while those with no previous experience often came from clerical or service occupations. A survey was developed and administered to the participants before and after the course to determine their perceptions of the value of the work. All participants reacted favorably to the course. The prior-experience group reported most often that the course had given them specific teaching skills, while the nonprior-experience group commented that the course had increased their self-confidence in pedagogy. Followup data showed that 82 percent of the participants had succeeded in getting a position teaching a course within 5 months of the completion of the program. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Cooperative Programs, Course Content, Demonstration Programs, Educational Gerontology, Educational Needs, Extension Education, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Older Adults, Outcomes of Education, Peer Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Senior Teaching Seniors Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (35th, Boston, MA, November 20, 1982). For related document, see CE 034 455.