ERIC Number: ED190233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
You Don't Have To Be My Grandparent To Be My Good Friend.
McDuffie, Winifred G.
A project was developed to combat the negative stereotypes of ageism, and to provide positive role models of older adults for young children. Funded with a grant of $750, an Intergenerational Teaching Resource Center was established. Two major Center activities were (1) the selection, purchase, and organization into a lending program of 65 books for young children, which portray older adults in non-stereotyped roles; and (2) the development of a program in which older adults served as volunteer resource persons in early childhood classrooms and young children visited the elderly in nursing and retirement homes. A third related aspect of the project was the development of a file of community older adults who were willing to serve as early childhood program resources. This project has taught its initiators that recruitment, orientation, and on-going liaison with volunteers are extremely time-consuming operations. Two successful aspects of the project were: (1) several elderly men and women effectively conducted classroom activities and worked at publicity booth displays; and (2) carefully prepared children visited hospitalized elderly persons on a continuing, biweekly basis. Recommendations for replicating the project are included. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Atlanta, GA, November 8-11, 1979).