AbstractThis semester-long project offers undergraduates the opportunity to connect in an innovative way with older adults in their local community by creating a senior dating/friendship/companionship event. The project should be embedded within an upper-level age-related social science course. It requires substantial planning, at least 15 students, and...
- Subject Area(s):
- Aging/Social Gerontology
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 300
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesActivity is intended for use in conjunction with the film "The Age of Love." About 1/4 of a full semester (engaged in during intermittent intervals of the semester) is required for this activity. Some institutional resources (such as funding, room space, and media contacts) may be helpful in completing this project.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- 1) think critically about the social meanings of age
- 2) apply knowledge of birth cohorts and gerontology concepts to practice; 3) differentiate between stereotypes and realities regarding older adults
- 4) identify the benefits of intergenerational contact, and manage challenges that can impede fruitful intergenerational contact; 5) demonstrate intermediate level planning, project management, and teamwork skills
- Students will be assessed on learning objectives 1-4 by writing a three-page reflection paper after the event.
- Students will be assessed on learning objective 5 by completing a numerical and narrative self-evaluation and team evaluation after the event.
- Students will also be assessed on learning objective 5 by being graded on a pass/fail basis, dependent upon whether they completed their assigned event tasks in a satisfactory manner.