ERIC Number: ED211405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-4
Reference Count: N/A
What's It All About?
This paper describes the "Teaching and Learning about Aging" project of the McCarthy-Towne School, Acton, Massachusetts. In its third year of operation, the project is designed to integrate education about aging with the general curriculum for all K-12 students and to promote opportunities for intergenerational contact between people of different ages. The project has been evaluated by the Educational Testing Service and validated for diffusion by the Massachusetts Department of Education. A description of project activities follows. A 30-hour inservice course for teachers has been developed. In the course, teachers explore attitudes about aging and the aging process and related political and economic issues and review models and materials for the classroom. To date 120 teachers have completed this course. Curriculum workshops to help teachers integrate information about aging into their regular curriculum are being conducted for teachers who complete the inservice. The project has developed many publications including a sourcebook for teachers, an analysis kit on "Ageism in Literature," an annotated bibliography of literature on aging categorized by grade levels, and curriculum plans for teachers. To involve the community, the project has sponsored a variety of special programs and events. Senior citizens serve as aides, tutors, guest speakers, and demonstrators of crafts and skills. A resource center library on aging has been developed. The project is now offering its consulting services including teacher training and curriculum materials to other communities which are interested in adopting programs on aging education. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Consultants, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Libraries, Older Adults, Professional Training, Program Descriptions, Publications, Resource Materials, School Community Programs, Teacher Workshops, Validated Programs, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Acton-Boxborough School District, Acton, MA.