ERIC Number: ED128264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
A Comparative View of Aging. An Experimental Unit, Second Edition, Revised.
Smith, Gary R.
Showing a variety of learned behavior about aging, activities in this unit are designed to help high-school students become aware that their views (preconceptions) on aging are not universally held. Objectives of the unit include achievement of global perspective on aging and its problems, understanding of the effects of population growth and economic development on behavior toward old people, and ability to suggest alternative futures for the elderly. A survey of students' opinions about old people is given at the beginning and end of the unit in order to determine if attitude change has occurred during the learning activities. Students are encouraged to go into the community to talk with elderly citizens, study the types of merchandise available to various age groups, and survey attitudes toward growing old in our society. Stereotypes of old people are identified in cartoons and greeting cards. Advertising is shown which instills values to stay young. Readings about other cultures point out differences in dealing with old people. For example, an African tribe abandons its elderly, whereas the Israeli kibbutz provides material security and group involvement. (AV)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes, Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Experimental Programs, Global Approach, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Older Adults, Retirement, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Stereotypes, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.
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