ERIC Number: ED167469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives on Aging. How To Do It Series, Series 2, Number 6.
Pratt, Fran; Castendyk, Chris
This paper is concerned with the educational responsibility of changing present negative attitudes toward the aging process and toward aged persons. In spite of the dramatic increase in the number of older people, contemporary influences foster a belief that aging is a process of decline rather than of fulfillment. These influences include the social isolation of the young from the old and the media, which either ignore the presence of older persons or treat them as caricatures. The task of education is to challenge current myths toward aging and to replace them with truth. In order to be effective, information should be transmitted through values exploration, case studies, simulations, role playing, and direct contact. The topic of aging should be part of a study of the whole life span and should be integrated into the curriculum at both elementary and secondary levels. The subject may be interdisciplinary in nature and should aid students to (1) become aware of the "longevity revolution" and how it is changing the age mix of society, (2) empathize with problems faced by older persons, (3) understand that "young" and "old" are relative terms, (4) understand that people can live full and active lives at all ages, and (5) understand that the status of age groups varies from one society to another. A list of activities, audiovisual resources, general references, and relevant organizations is included. (KC)
Descriptors: Age, Attitude Change, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Resources, Curriculum Development, Educational Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Empathy, Interdisciplinary Approach, Negative Attitudes, Older Adults, Resource Materials, Role Playing, Simulation, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Studies, Social Values, Student Attitudes, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see ED 153 941 and SO 011 546