Developing a theoretical and applied model of instruction that incorporates the technological, cultural, ethnic and generational sources students need to rely on for learning. Collaboration Integration Theory (CIT) assigns separate and common roles to team members, uses the Internet, includes homework tasks requiring input from cultural and generational community resources, and recognizes peer observations for evaluation of individual performance.

Developing curriculum and processes to prepare teachers for partnership with parents. Educators who know how to include parents in planning and evaluation can encourage satisfying involvement. As teachers and parents improve their relationship, the possibilities for helping children achieve are enlarged.

Developing curriculum and processes to assist parents at successive levels of childrearing. The success of any long-term partnership, such as that between the home and the school, requires that each of the parties continue to grow. We encourage teachers to remain competent through advanced education. Parents also should receive instruction regarding their ever-changing role.

Developing curriculum and processes to guide grandparents in defining their role. There is considerable evidence that older people are interested in self-improvement, especially as it affects their status within the family. Norms of constructive behavior should be developed for grandparents to use in goal setting and self-evaluation.

Developing curriculum and processes to make intergenerational communication more common and mutually satisfying. There is a need for practical information about intergenerational sharing within families. Parents, grandparents and children need to learn how to establish a respectful dialogue.

Developing curriculum and processes for adult children to acquaint them with the needs of their aging parents. A long-term relationship between parent and child involves mutual responsibility. As the lifespan increases, adult children will choose to learn how they can become more responsive to the needs of their elderly parents.


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