ERIC Number: ED275572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Curriculum on Aging in Our Schools: Its Time Has Come.
The paper discusses some of the available curricula on the aging, their goals, their shared characteristics, and some outcomes of the curricula. Appearing in several formats for grades K-12 classroom use and including texts, videos, and workbooks, the curricula are presented as activities that may be integrated with other prescribed content. Each curriculum has universal fundamental goals: to help children develop a deeper awareness, understanding, and acceptance of the aging process, and an appreciation of the contributions made to society by older persons. Inherent in each curriculum are 19 consistent themes grouped into four categories that address fundamental issues related to aging. The categories are: the aging process; social issues related to aging; who are the elderly; and the young and the old. Examples of curricular experiences that incorporate the themes of the categories are briefly described for each grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. The expected outcomes of these curricula on aging are illustrated by comments from students and older participants, with informal anecdotal reports from teachers who give additional insight regarding emotional/personal growth. It is concluded that such programs have not only enhanced intergenerational understanding but are having a positive educational, sociological, and philsosphical impact as well. (TRS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Brookdale Institute on Aging and Human Development (New York, NY, November 1, 1985).