ERIC Number: ED099294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Death and Dying--A Living Study. Profiles of Promise 35.
Realizing that all students have to deal with death at some time, yet receive no formal education in the subject, Alex Kramer, a high school teacher at Moon High School, Corapolis, Pennsylvania, decided to create a program which would give students an opportunity to study death and the process of dying as integral parts of life. Kramer's goals, designed for his behavioral science class of juniors and seniors, are to promote realistic attitudes about death and to dispel myths and fears associated with it. To achieve these objectives, death is studied from several perspectives. Students are visited by doctors, nurses, ambulance attendants, and a mortician, all of whom deal with different aspects of death. They read letters from wartime soldiers who faced the probability of their own death daily. Students tour cemeteries, hold class discussions on topics such as euthanasia and cryonics, and answer questionnaires on their own religion's response to death. To evaluate his class, Kramer requires his students to answer a questionnaire. It reveals that by treating death as a fact of life students fear death less and appreciate life more. (Author/CF)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavioral Sciences, Beliefs, Community Resources, Death, Human Living, Human Resources, Lifelong Learning, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Units of Study
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($9.00 for 30 issues)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania