ERIC Number: ED366421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Increasing Senior Volunteerism in a K-8 Public School District.
Phelan, Vanessa C.
This practicum was designed to involve senior citizen volunteers in the schools on a regular basis. Implemented in a suburban public school setting, the project involved: (1) the dissemination of information about senior citizen involvement to school district staff; (2) the development of a partnership between a regional senior volunteer program and the school district; (3) the matching of school district needs with senior citizen volunteer interests; and (4) the development of a Living History project, in which students interviewed participating senior citizens about their experiences during World War II. At the end of the project the middle school held a Living History Day, during which students presented historical papers based upon their interviews and library research to fellow students and the senior citizens. Although the original goal of the project, to have senior citizens participate regularly in the educational process, was not met because many had initially refused to participate due to past negative experiences with senior citizen-student undertakings, the successful Living History Day can be seen as a first phase of a senior citizen volunteer plan. Follow-up surveys of the senior citizens involved showed that they thought the project worthwhile. Eleven appendixes provide copies of various forms, letters, and survey questionnaires used in the practicum. (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers: Volunteers in Education
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.