ERIC Number: ED213885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Graying of the College Classroom: Impact of Older People as Peers in the Classroom on Attitudes and on Performance of Undergraduates.
Jensen-Osinski, Barbara H.; And Others
A study examined the effect of the presence of older students in the college classroom on the attitudes and performance of college freshmen. Using a pretest-treatment-posttest format, researchers examined two sections of a second-semester freshman English class. One section was an intergenerational class composed of 14 college freshmen and 10 non-matriculating, for-credit students 60 years of age or older, and the other was a regular all-freshman class. Both sections studied composition and literature, using the life cycle theme as a central approach. The control group consisted of three sections of the same course, all comprised of college freshmen without the superimposition of the life cycle theme. Researchers used a student opinion questionnaire to measure participant attitude changes. Analysis of the data revealed that participation in the intergenerational class resulted in younger students' developing highly positive attitudes toward their own aging and toward intergenerational classes. In addition, rates of participation and general activity were higher in the intergenerational class. Comparison of the first and last essays written by the younger students in the two experimental sections indicated that both groups exhibited approximately the same degree of improvement. (A related bibliography/teacher's guide is available separately--see note.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Retired Teachers Association, Washington, DC.; American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.; Andrus Memorial Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA. Dept. of English.