ERIC Number: ED405997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Intergenerational Education Programs. Fastback 402.
MacBain, Dawn E.
Recognizing the need for opportunities for children to interact meaningfully with older adults, this fastback discusses the organization and implementation of intergenerational programs in elementary and middle schools. It begins with a description of effective programs, focusing on the impact of two programs on students and older adults. The Tremont Nursing Care Center and Pine Grove Area Middle School collaboration incorporates student visits to the nursing home for holidays, social gatherings, and joint activities. The Marlborough Elementary School in Pennsylvania brings in senior citizens who volunteer to work with children during the school day. Both students and older adults have indicated that there are positive effects of these programs and that they look forward to joint activities. The second part of the publication describes steps in developing an intergenerational program, including site selection, insurance, finding and selecting volunteers, program orientation, ongoing participant contact, and maintaining the program. Documents useful in planning, developing, organizing, and maintaining an effective program are outlined, including a program planning guide, program information sheet, volunteer questionnaire, activity guide, activity record, activity evaluation, and program evaluation checklist. Included in the publication is a list of books about volunteering and intergenerational activities which is grouped by age or grade level. The publication concludes with a list of resource addresses. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Intergenerational Programs, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Older Adults, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Development
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 North Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; phone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.