ERIC Number: ED430134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Off Their Rockers into Service. Connecting the Generations through Service Learning. Linking Learning with Life.
Brandes, Beverly; Green, Rebecca
This booklet, which is intended for educators interested in establishing service learning programs, examines the benefits, development, and operation of intergenerational service learning programs. Discussed are the benefits of intergenerational programs in view of recent changes in family life and society as a whole. Three types of intergenerational programs are described: young people serving older adults; older adults serving young people (as mentors, caregivers, and volunteers); and older adults and youths working together. Fifteen best practice characteristics of intergenerational programs are listed. The following aspects of implementing intergenerational service learning programs are examined: recruitment of senior adult volunteers (recruitment strategies, places to find adult volunteers, concerns of senior adult volunteers); liability issues (risk management procedures, the importance of screening volunteers, other liability reduction strategies); orientation and training (strategies for training senior adults and youths separately and together, attributes of older adult learners, building intergenerational understanding); program implementation (assessing needs for service, engaging community partners, helping the generations reflect together); seven successful intergenerational service learning projects; possibilities for classroom learning (social studies, language arts, mathematics, physical education, technology education); and program evaluation. Concluding the booklet are the addresses of eight organizations with information on service learning and intergenerational programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Citizenship Education, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Intergenerational Programs, Legal Responsibility, Older Adults, Orientation, Program Development, Recruitment, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Service Learning, Training Methods, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29634-0726; Tel: 864-656-2599; Web site: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/ ($6).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.; South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 078 654-667. Illustrations may not reproduce clearly.