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ERIC Number: ED319015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May-9
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mitigating the Effects of Negative Stereotyping of Aging and the Elderly in Primary Grade Reading Instruction.
Gutknecht, Bruce
A study measured the effect of reading materials containing positive depictions of aging and the elderly on the attitudes of primary grade children toward aging and elderly adults. Subjects, 91 students from grades one to three enrolled in a Jacksonville, Florida public school, read stories selected from "aging/elderly positive" materials over a 6-week period and completed an attitude inventory before and after intervention. Results indicated that exposure to aging/elderly positive reading materials had a positive effect on the attitudes of students toward aging and the elderly. Negative stereotypes of aging and the elderly can be mitigated if teachers: (1) examine their own views of the elderly; (2) recognize that students come to school and to teachers with their views of life and of others already established; (3) understand the powerful influence of the media; (4) understand that the content of textbooks reflects the values, attitudes, and views of life and people held by the authors of the texts; and (5) incorporate reading materials which can enable children to develop more positive, realistic views of life and of other people. (Nine summaries of children's books which present positive images of aging and the elderly are included; 34 references and the attitude inventory are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Jacksonville)