Our nation's population is aging and there are many misconceptions and stereotypes of older adults in our society. Many misconceptions and stereotypes are formed early during childhood. Typically, children tend to learn about aging from outside resources such as the media or books rather than having direct involvement with older adults or any type of formal education. This qualitative study examined the effect of an aging curriculum on elementary school aged student opinions about aging. A three-session program about aging was implemented with 22 fourth and fifth grade students from Saint Anthony Elementary School. The results of this directed project found that although there was not a dramatic improvement in opinions after the implementation of the curriculum, overall opinions shifted from negative to neutral, indicating that it is possible to change opinions about aging through a formal educational program. Future research should include participant reports about previous and current experiences with aging and explore optimal settings for formal education about aging.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Aging, Curriculum development|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be