A Case Study: Growing Community Partnerships with a Service-Learning Intergenerational Computing Course

  • Jean F Coppola Pace University
  • Sharon Stahl Wexler Sharon Stahl Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, Assistant Professor, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038 212-346-1461
  • Lin J. Drury Associate Professor, Lienhard School of Nursing, Co-chair, Institutional Review Board, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038 914-953-5770
  • Janna C. Heyman Associate Professor, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service, 400 Westchester Avenue, Harrison NY 10604, 718-817-5633
  • Barbara A. Thomas Assistant Professor, Nursing, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road Valhalla, NY, 10595-1693 914-606-6600
  • Brian J. Tschinkel Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, 901 Holly Stream Court, Brewster, NY 10509 914-438-9863
  • Cheryl D. Barnes Graduate Assistant, Doctoral Student, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, NY
Keywords: Digital divide, gerotechnology, information technology, assistive technology, baby boomers, community-based, outreach, intergenerational computing, older persons

Abstract

This article presents an interdisciplinary and intergenerational technology research project. Uniquely trained undergraduates enrolled in an Intergenerational Computing service-learning class instruct older adults in geriatric facilities. Geriatric facilities have few staff to work with older adults for technology activities. This model is based on mutually beneficial partnerships.  Information on best practices, research instruments, classroom exercises, and lessons learned is presented for replication into the reader’s agency and discipline. A statistically significant change in students’ attitude and advocacy toward older adults was found, as well as a more positive perspective and awareness of careers in the field of aging.

Author Biography

Jean F Coppola, Pace University

Jean F. Coppola,  BS, MS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Information Technology, Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems.

Published
2012-02-06
How to Cite
Coppola, J., Wexler, S., Drury, L., Heyman, J., Thomas, B., Tschinkel, B., & Barnes, C. (2012). A Case Study: Growing Community Partnerships with a Service-Learning Intergenerational Computing Course. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/903