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ERIC Number: ED235298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
New Attitudes toward the Aging: A Role for Adult Education.
Rogovin, Marion
As the American population ages, adult educators with their knowledge and experience of adult education should be in the forefront of helping the nation define its goals and reshape its attitudes toward the aging. Existing exemplary models of educational programs represent a fragmented approach to a problem of national magnitude. The Adult Education Association could form a task force to mobilize the educational resources of community agencies, national organizations, and other interested parties. This task force would assess programs, selecting the most successful as models. From the task force, a permanent curriculum and program development committee should emerge. The focuses of this nationally coordinated endeavor would be pre-schoolers (three to six years) and middle- to upper-middle-aged adults with aging parents. Pre-schoolers have a special affinity for the elderly and are relatively nonjudgmental, and early childhood professionals are receptive to such initiatives. Joint conferences and workshops on aging for early childhood and adult educators could provide information and program material. Children of older adults are often in the midst of their own transitional problems and are forced to assume new roles when aging parents are debilitated. Study circles established by adult educators could provide a self-directed learning situation for exploring these issues. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A