Date of Award

1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Ball, C.

Keywords

Education, Elementary.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an intergenerational program on children's and teachers' attitudes towards aging and seniors' attitudes towards volunteering in the schools. Nineteen children from two junior division classrooms in a rural elementary school were compared to 20 children from two different junior classrooms in the same school. The Children's Attitudes Towards the Elderly instrument (CATE) (1976) was used to measure attitudes towards aging. Four measurement techniques were used: open ended questions, a picture series, a semantic differential, and a Piaget based technique to determine a child's concept of age. A two way analysis of variance was computed using group (experimental and control) with test (pretest and posttest). The results showed no significant differences. Six teachers completed a pretest and posttest questionnaire based on Palmore's Revised Facts on Aging Quiz (1980). One way analyses of variance were computed using test time (pretest and posttest). No significant differences were found. Seniors completed a pretest and posttest questionnaire to examine their attitudes towards volunteering in the school. The results indicated that they found volunteering a worthwhile experience. More research is needed to examine the effectiveness of intergenerational programs on children's and teachers' attitudes towards aging. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .F455. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-02, page: 0394. Adviser: Colin Ball. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.

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