ERIC Number: EJ850952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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An Intergenerational Program with Benefits
Holmes, Christine L.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n2 p113-119 Oct 2009
Illustrates how the director and teachers of a child care program and the staff of a residential nursing home facility collaborated to develop, implement, and evaluate an onsite intergenerational program. Describes program goals; recruitment plan; elder, staff, and teacher orientation; options for intergenerational activities; and program benefits. Article provides resources and suggestions for groups planning intergenerational programs. Preschool children (n = 38) who participated in the study were interviewed and asked a key question, "What do old people do?" Prior to participation in the program, 50% of the children responded with negative descriptors; after participating in the program for 1 year, all of the children responded with positive descriptors. Children's responses provide evidence that intergenerational programs can promote positive attitudes toward elders.
Descriptors: Intergenerational Programs, Preschool Children, Nursing Homes, Health Facilities, Childhood Attitudes, Attitude Change, Child Care Centers, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Human Services, Interviews, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
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