ERIC Number: ED423870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
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Implementing Intergenerational Electronic Communications into the Curriculum: Results of a Year-Long Case Study Featuring Second Graders and Senior Citizens.
Carter-Tod, David; Roussell, John M.
This paper describes the activities and results of a year-long intergenerational electronic communication project. The fundamental purpose of the project was for two distinct generational groups in the same geographical community--second grade students and senior citizens--to get involved in a dialogue featuring discussion topics generated by the second grade teacher. These topics were planned to integrate with regular scheduled student activities in the classroom. It was also a goal of the project that face-to-face meetings between the two groups would occur. The researchers used Erikson's psychosocial theory of development as a theoretical framework for understanding the interactions between the two groups, as well as for generally assessing the differences and potential for connecting and communicating ideas. One of the major goals for success was to see if the communication would continue throughout the school year; it succeeded because of initial negotiations that took place with both seniors and teachers. Secondly, the face-to-face meetings were successful and more effective because of the prior connections made through e-mail. Thirdly, the project generated goodwill toward the school in a community that traditionally has not been supportive, interested, or aware of school issues. (AEF)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Involvement, Computer Mediated Communication, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Group Discussion, Intergenerational Programs, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Listservs, Older Adults, Primary Education, Social Development, Teacher Role, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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