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ERIC Number: EJ896363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1365-4802
Welcoming Intergenerational Communication and Senior Citizen Volunteers in Schools
Spudich, Dimana; Spudich, Christine
Improving Schools, v13 n2 p133-142 Jul 2010
This article focuses on intergenerational communication and provides a practical approach for how teachers and administrators can implement intergenerational programs in their schools. A discussion of the social and cultural implications of intergenerational communication is offered, and a review of literature regarding intergenerational programs is provided along with expertise offered from known leaders in the communication and intergenerational fields. The noted benefits as well as the disadvantages of senior citizens as volunteers are described, and the necessary steps prior to incorporating senior citizens into school settings are given. The necessary steps include recruitment, identifying volunteer duties, screening volunteers, recognizing their efforts, and evaluating their progress. Five intergenerational activities are offered for educators to enhance intergenerational communication in their schools. The activities include guest speakers, family nights, pen pal programs, books shares and interview sessions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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