ERIC Number: ED247175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Model of Collaboration in a Curricular Program.
Rasinski, Timothy V.
This paper presents a curriculum model designed to incorporate the concept of collaboration through a student partnership program with retired persons. This descriptive study is based upon on-hand observations by the author during the course of the program. Thirty eighth-grade students were paired with retired persons who lived in a retirement village. The students collaborated with their partners in a number of tasks, focusing primarily on relationship building. Through a mixture of classroom and field experiences, student activities centered around the themes of communication, history, the aging process, and careers. Specific activities included oral history interviews, daily journal keeping, movie viewing with partners, large and small group discussions, communication training, readings, reports, simulation, a book-binding project, and party planning. Students received English and history credit for their participation in the six-week partnership program. This curriculum is viewed from the perspectives of academic coursework and collaboration, relationship building and collaboration, and caring and collaboration. Evaluations of the program were positive on an academic as well as an affective and attitudinal basis. Collaboration allowed the children in this program to gain a different view of history, improve communication and listening skills, and learn to cooperate and work with others. (LH)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Career Awareness, Communication Skills, Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, Grade 8, Group Activities, Interpersonal Relationship, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Models, Older Adults, Oral History, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intergenerational Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).