ERIC Number: ED224571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Project LOVE (Let Older Volunteers Educate).
Powers, Sally; Weinrich, Martin C.
The effect of contact with older adult volunteers on the attitudes of elementary school students was investigated by twice administering questionnaires to all first-, third-, and fourth-grade students at Chapin Elementary School, Chapin, South Carolina. Teachers first administered the questionnaire before the older adults began volunteer work in the first and fourth grades; the measure was administered a second time after the volunteers had worked in classrooms for 6 months. (Third-grade students acted as a control group.) Topics taught by the older adult volunteers included bowling, math, gardening, baking bread, crocheting, history telling, making Christmas wreaths, life perspectives (through viewing pictures of different age groups), the aging process and changes in vision, and kite making. During the 1981-1982 school year, 112 fourth-grade students had weekly contact with the volunteers. In addition, the volunteers gave four different presentations to 82 first-grade students during the year. Results are discussed, and questionnaires used are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intergenerational Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982).