Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving students' opinions about aging: Influence of gerontology curriculum in a fourth and fifth grade classroom
by Tran, Lisa, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 102; 1493064
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Aging, Curriculum development
Publication Number: 1493064
ISBN: 978-1-124-61487-8
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