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ERIC Number: ED317306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Intergenerational Interaction: Promoting Mutual Appreciation between Senior Citizens and Children in the Intermediate Grades.
Wallace, Yolanda Gayles
A volunteer program coordinator developed and implemented an 8-month practicum study that provided opportunities for interaction between 20 elderly adult tutors--residents of 2 senior citizen facilities--and 37 fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students at five elementary schools in low- and middle-class metropolitan black communities. The tutoring program aimed to improve students' basic skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, or mathematics. Practicum goals were to modify the existing model of the intergenerational tutoring program according to the needs of the communities involved and to implement the program in numerous ethnic communities. Staff development sessions for senior citizen tutors were held. Training focused on tutoring strategies and procedures for building skills. Tutors were expected to use suggested techniques and materials in their tutoring sessions and to provide weekly feedback to the program supervisor. An enrichment component which included activities planned around seasonal events was introduced. Program evaluation data indicated that the seniors experienced increased life satisfaction, provided students with additional opportunities for school success, and helped develop students' positive self-concepts. Students grew in areas in which they were tutored. Plans are in progress to duplicate the program in the remaining three Department of Aging and Disability facilities. Numerous survey forms used in the project are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A