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ERIC Number: EJ857207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
College Seniors to Senior Citizens: Harnessing the e-Connection
Moore, Tami J.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v30 n3 p254-266 2009
This article is a report of the impact of an innovative assignment within an upper-division gerontology course in a public university. Although designed to enhance the understanding of important aging concepts for students in a Family Studies program, analysis of student writings revealed an increased understanding of the actual subject matter--older adults. As an addition to typical classroom instruction methods, students were paired with senior citizens from an adult education computer course to exchange a series of e-mail communications over the duration of the gerontology course. The e-mail discussion prompts stemmed from important concepts explored in class units. To determine the impact of this assignment, students were asked to submit a reflection paper on their experience. Student participants indicated that the experience enhanced their understanding of the course concepts and provided a positive interaction opportunity with older partners. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A