ERIC Number: ED258908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Developing an Aging Curriculum.
Edwards, Allen J.; Roubinek, Darrell L.
The program upon which this paper is based, Developing an Aging Curriculum, was initiated as a pilot project to assess the appropriateness of introducing aging information and concepts to elementary-age students. Seventeen teachers in grades K-6 in one school district have been involved in the project as part of a graduate course. The project was divided into five phases; this paper describes the first three phases, which dealt with awareness and the initial curriculum planning phase, as well as a survey of attitudes of children toward older adults. The first phase sought the assistance of the Springfield Public Schools, identified teachers to participate, and created an orientation program. Teachers were asked to use the proposed unit on aging, which included objectives, concepts, organization, lesson plans, and inservice training for teachers. The second awareness phase focused on increasing the knowledge level of participating teachers. In the third phase teachers developed activities to be included in the curriculum. These included defining what is old and the positive and negative aspects of growing old. Objectives, materials, and teaching procedures are specified for grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6. The survey of views about older people involved children ages 8 through 12, and adults over age 18. The children were from one elementary school in Joplin, Missouri; the adults were graduate students in elementary and reading education. Results for each question are detailed and reveal a wide range of attitudes toward the elderly. (IS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri