ERIC Number: ED083484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
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Gerontology Research Instructional Program. Final Report.
Speulda, Raymond H.
The Gerontology Research Instructional Program (GRIP) wad developed and implemented in the Dallas, Oregon, Public School System to determine: (1) the feelings and concepts toward aging held by elementary and secondary school students; (2) the effectiveness of a variety of planned instructional activities in changing those feelings; and (3) the age/grade levels significant in changing attitudes toward aging. GRIP project included: (1) conducting a two-day workshop for participating teachers; (2) developing organized units of classroom instruction (mini-lessons); (3) involving older people in the classroom setting; and (4) pre- and post-testing of the attitudes toward aging of participating and control children and teachers. Findings indicate children and teachers know very little about the process and problems associated with aging, with children showing a more positive attitude toward older citizens than do their teachers. Through planned learning activities, childrens' attitudes can be changed to ones of greater acceptance and interest. A relative universality of application of instruction on aging was found to be appropriate. The involvement of older citizens as teacher aides, tutors, or special resource teachers successfully raised the children's understanding of aging and provided a rewarding experience for the older citizens. Appended are workshop agenda, schedule of project activities, test instruments and results, and mini-lesson outlines. (Author/NMF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Dallas Public Schools, OR.