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InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, v3 p47-57 2008

The Co-mentoring Project matched developmental psychology students with older adult volunteers for an intergenerational learning experience. Students conducted a biopsychosocial life review to increase understanding of older adult development and the continuity in lifespan development. Each student developed a summary paper containing the older adult's life history, a developmental analysis, and personal reflection. A project description, including the scholarship of teaching and learning, and an overview of its outcomes are presented. The project goal was accomplished; students positively evaluated learning outcomes and displayed a significant increase in knowledge about older adults and aging. Implications for college instructors are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)

Descriptors: Adult Development, Mentors, Older Adults, Biographies, Developmental Psychology, Learning Experience, Volunteers, Aging (Individuals), Undergraduate Students, Evaluation

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Autor: Zucchero, Renee A.


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