The Gerontologist, Vol 31, Issue 5 696-699, Copyright © 1991 by The Gerontological Society of America
Teaching gerontological content to schoolchildren in Israel as preparation for adult life
School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
An Israeli public school made gerontological content and experiences
available to pupils aged 13-14. The learning process included library
research, interviewing older residents in their homes, friendly visiting to
a nearby home for the aged, formal lectures, role-playing before video
cameras operated by classmates, and homework assignments. Children who
participated were reported to have improved relations with their own
grandparents. The school received public recognition for its pedagogic
pioneering, and "town-gown relations" between municipal officials and the
University were enhanced.