ERIC Number: ED211411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Ageism in Literature. An Analysis Kit for Teachers and Librarians.
Dodson, Anita E.; Hause, Judith B.
This kit contains two components which will help teachers and librarians become aware of the problems of ageism in literature and examine materials currently in use. The first component, entitled "Problems of Ageism in Literature," is a brief, but comprehensive, position paper on the particular ways in which literature may adversely affect the reader's attitudes about aging and older people. Literature has contributed toward educating children to the beliefs that older people are unimportant and that the later years are not an enjoyable time of life. This is also damaging to the elderly, as it destroys their self-esteem. Stereotyping of our older population is so subtle and so pervasive that replacing current ideas with factual information and positive attitudes is an enormous task for teachers. Educators should not condemn all the literature containing stereotypic images or remove these books from the shelves. They must be sensitive to the issue of ageism and utilize critical-reading skills in evaluating prejudice. Things to look for in literature include illustrations, personality traits older people are said to have, their physical traits, behavioral characteristics, occupational role, character role, and ethnic and racial composition. The second component "Analyzing Literature for Ageism" offers a set of guidelines, instructions, and a simple instrument for analyzing materials in terms of ageist content. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), Content Analysis, Critical Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Older Adults, Stereotypes
Teaching and Learning about Aging Project, McCarthy-Towne School, Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Acton-Boxborough School District, Acton, MA.