Creative Ways to Meet Social Studies Standards

Suggested Reading

The following gerontology books and other materials are useful resources for middle and high school teachers:

Achenbaum, W. A. Shades of Gray: Old Age, American Values, and Federal Policies Since 1920. (1978). Boston: Little Brown.

Aging Research & Education Center. (1999). Positively Aging. San Antonio: The University of Texas Health Science Center.

American Association of Retired Persons & the National Academy for Teaching and Learning about Aging. (1997). Teaching about Aging: Enriching Lives Across the Life Span. Washington, DC and Denton, TX.

Bonavia, M. (2000). Gerontology in New York State Family and Consumer Sciences Curricula: Ten Year (1989-1999) Review. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 92, 40-45.

Connecticut State Department on Aging & Department of Education. (1992). Schools in an Aging Society. Social Studies Classroom Activities for Secondary Schools.

Couper, D. & Pratt, F. (1999). Learning for Longer Life. A Guide for Developers of K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Materials. Denton, TX: National Academy for Teaching & Learning about Aging.

Featherstone, M. & Wernick, A. (Eds.) (1995). Images of Aging: Cultural Representations of Later Life. New York: Routledge.

Friedland, R. B. & Summer, L. (1999). Demography is not Destiny. Washington, DC: National Academy on an Aging Society.

Krout, J. A. & Wasyliw, Z. (June 2002). Infusing Gerontology into Grades 7-12 Social Studies Curricula. The Gerontologist, 42, 3, 387-91.

Lichtenstein, M. J., Pruski, L. A., Marshall, C. E., Blalock, C. L., Murphy, D. L., Plaetke, R., & Lee, S. (2001). The Positively Aging Teaching Materials Improve Middle School Students’ Images of Older People. The Gerontologist, 41, 322-332.

Lucchino, R., Lane, W., & Ferguson, K.D. (1997). Aging Content in Elementary and Secondary School Curriculum. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 18, 2, 37-49.

Minois, G. (1989). History of Old Age. From Antiquity to the Renaissance. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Newman, S. & Feldman, J. (1998). Teaching About Aging for Children and Youth (annotated bibliography). Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.