ERIC Number: ED223887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-21
Reference Count: 0
A Demonstration Program for Training Senior Teachers.
Stuen, Cynthia; And Others
The Seniors Teaching Seniors project was conducted at the Columbia University Brookdale Institute on Aging and Adult Development to train older adults to communicate more effectively their skills and expertise. Older adults were to develop teaching skills so that they could conduct classes at senior centers. Two older-adult volunteers were selected from various senior centers to attend a special interdisciplinary class on teaching methods at Columbia University. The classes were comprised of 15 to 20 persons and taught by faculty from the higher and adult education, history, and nutritional departments, as well as from institutional support services and social work departments. The course consisted of eight lessons covering the following subjects: introduction to the course and information about videotaping; normal aging and group process skills: teaching skills; nutrition and current events used as examples of course content; resource identification; and communication and marketing skills. The class was conducted as a test of the model program designed to structure and conduct the lessons, including practice presentations by the senior citizens that were videotaped and played back for class discussion. A follow-up study showed that 82 percent of the participatns were teaching a course or preparing to do so and that all participants reported an increase in confidence in their communication skills. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Cooperative Programs, Course Content, Demonstration Programs, Educational Gerontology, Educational Needs, Extension Education, Institutional Cooperation, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Older Adults, Peer Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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 21, 1982). For related document, see CE 034 428.