ERIC Number: ED211407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Confrontation: Aging in America.
This publication contains two activities on aging for use with secondary students. The activities are designed to challenge the prevailing myths about growing old, to provide students with better information, and to foster more positive attitudes about older people. In the first activity, which will take about five class periods, students clarify their values about aging and analyze the vehicles through which these attitudes are transmitted in society. Students take tests of knowledge and attitudes about aging, analyze ageist cartoons and advertisements, and discuss a film involving a conflict between teenage girls and an elderly shopping bag lady. The second activity, which will take approximately four class periods, involves direct interaction with elderly individuals who, by their own personalities and behavior, challenge many of the perceptions the students are likely to have of older people. Older volunteers are invited to visit the class for small group rap sessions with students. In preparation for the discussions, the students and the older volunteers meet separately to generate questions each group would like to ask the other. The activity ends with a brief evaluation of the experience. The kind of information provided for each activity includes an overview, objectives, a list of materials needed (the activities are self-contained except for the film), a discussion of advance preparation, day-by-day teacher instructions, questions to stimulate classroom discussion (along with possible answers), and student handouts. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Learning Activities, Older Adults, Secondary Education, Social Attitudes, Social Studies, Social Values, Stereotypes, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides, Validated Programs, Volunteers
Teaching and Learning about Aging Project, McCarthy-Towne School, Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Acton-Boxborough School District, Acton, MA.