ERIC Number: ED225662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Children towards Aging, the Elderly, and Death & Dying as Expressed through the Arts.
Zaki, Gamal; Zaki, Sylvia
The purpose of this study was to explore the conceptions, feelings and attitudes of elementary and junior high school students toward the topics of aging, the elderly, death, and dying. To gather data, an announcement was made to all schools within the state that the Rhode Island Gerontology Center would sponsor a contest for all school children in grades 4 through 8. Students were requested to submit, in any art form, original works focusing on the specified topics. Cash prizes ranging from 50 to 150 dollars were announced to encourage participation. Judges reviewing the entries made decisions according to criteria acceptable in their respective artistic disciplines. Each entry was categorized according to media type (i.e., visual arts, language arts, or multimedia), and each category was analyzed separately. Visual arts entries were further categorized according to the recurring themes they projected. Language arts entries were analyzed for content expressing children's positive or negative attitudes and for concepts of interpersonal/intergenerational relationships. Entries were also grouped by grade levels to identify age differences. Illustrated with many examples of children's written expressions, results of the analyses are first typified in a general way. Findings related to age differences are reported, conclusions are drawn, and implications are discussed. Twenty-one of the children's drawings are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Coll., Providence. Gerontology Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982).