ERIC Number: ED418806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Intergenerational Programming: The Impact on Children and Elders.
Foster, Karen B.
This paper describes intergenerational (IG) programming and its benefits for children and elders, focusing on the preschool IG program at the Champaign County (Illinois) Nursing Home Child Care Center. The paper begins with a definition of IG programming and describes theories of adult development that may provide insight into how each age group involved in IG programming may benefit from such an arrangement. Erikson's adult development stage of "generativity versus stagnation" and the "age of integrity" are highlighted with regard to adult development, and Erikson's and Piaget's theories are discussed regarding how children might relate to the intergenerational experience. The second major section of the paper concerns IG programming. This section discusses three types of IG activities that are relevant to a preschool IG program: (1) recreation/leisure; (2) education; and (3) personal development. Factors related to the success of IG programs are discussed, including the staff's commitment to the program, matching the project to goals, considering the interests and abilities of the groups involved, and assessing the practical aspects. The third major section describes the philosophy and goals of the Champaign County Nursing Home Child Care Center, four needs that IG programming fills, and typical experiences of nursing home residents with young children. The paper concludes by noting that IG programming has resulted in positive experiences for both elders and children. Contains 13 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Erikson (Erik); Illinois (Champaign County); Piaget (Jean)