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ERIC Number: ED226850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of a Curriculum on Aging on Elementary School Students.
Lyons, Charles W.; And Others
Described in this discussion are the development and implementation of a curriculum on aging for first- through sixth-grade students. The purpose of the "On Growing Older" curriculum was to help children develop a deeper awareness, understanding, and acceptance of the aging process and to encourage appreciation of contributions made to society by older people. Major components of the curriculum development project included planning, writing, field-testing, evaluating, and revising. A set of activities for each grade level was composed, each providing background information and describing objectives and procedures. Activities, intended for use individually or in small or large groups, were designed to be integrated into the regular curriculum or taught as separate units. At the conclusion of field-testing, participating teachers completed a questionnaire, and participating fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students and a control group not receiving instruction completed the Children's Attitudes toward the Elderly scale. Treatment and control groups in first through third grades were administered similar, simplified scales. It was concluded that, while the curriculum made a contribution to the education of children that is valued by teachers, the specific nature of the impact is unclear. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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