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Title:  Direct Observations Of Children At Risk For Academic Failure: Benefits Of An Intergenerational Visiting Program

Author (s):  Marcia Marx, Alicia Pannell, Aleksandra Parpura-Gill, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield

Abstract:  Ten elementary school students in need of a positive self-image and/or a sense of appropriate social conduct took part in a monthly intergenerational visiting program at an assisted living facility. In comparison to systematic observations obtained in their classrooms, the children were observed to be significantly less anxious, more interested, and participating more during the intergenerational program. Outcomes of a focus group with five seniors revealed that they had enjoyed the program and wanted it to continue. School administrators may want to consider intergenerational visiting programs for students whose behaviors place them at risk for academic failure.

Category: Programming

Keywords: intergenerational programming, at-risk children, systematic observation, cross-age interaction, education, social interaction, students

Reference: Marx, M., Pannell, A., Parpura-Gill, A. and Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2004): Direct Observations Of Children At Risk For Academic Failure: Benefits Of An Intergenerational Visiting Program, Educational Gerontology, 30(8), 663-75.

Peer-reviewed: yes

Link to Full Text:  http://tinyurl.com/bqe68nf


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