ERIC Number: ED319890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Images of Aging in Selected Religious Education Curriculum Materials.
Cram, Ronald H.
Images of aging that appear in popular child/teen curricular materials used in church-related contexts were examined to determine how older adults are portrayed in words and pictures in these materials and what images of aging emerge. Materials from the following sources, randomly selected from those that had been checked out of the Ecumenical Resource Center of Richmond, Virginia, during August-September l989 were examined: Scripture Press, Accent, Bible Discovery (Presbyterian and Reformed Educational Ministry), and the God with Us program. Most of the images of older persons in the materials associated aging with sickness, physical disability, uselessness, wrinkled skin, ugliness, loneliness, poverty, need, lack of knowledge, and grouchiness. In only a few cases were older adults portrayed as strong, wise, and useful. In at least one example, aging was related to sinfulness. The study concluded that the prejudices found in these instructional materials contribute to limiting the view of children/teens toward aged people and perpetuate stereotypes that are not socially adequate. (KC)
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