ERIC Number: ED200916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Children's Ideas toward the Aged.
Fusco, Mary V.
Twenty-two first grade children were questioned about the aged and their capabilities both before and after a unit of study about old people. Background information was collected from the children's parents to understand the children's attitudes prior to actual classroom instruction about the elderly. An analysis of responses to the three questions asked of the children indicated that the most noticeable changes as a result of instruction were in their attitudes about what things older people are capable of doing. Although discussion, children's books, and pictures were used to encourage alternative ways of viewing the elderly; these methods were unable to modify the strong, previously acquired opinions that the children had developed regarding the appearance of the elderly. Apparently, ideas and stereotypes about the aged need to be altered not merely by instruction in school, but by society in general. (A list of children's books about the elderly is appended for teachers who want to use such materials in their classrooms.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.