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The Co-mentoring Project: Overview and Outcomes

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Author(s): Renée A. Zucchero

Journal: InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching
ISSN 1933-4850

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: scholarship of teaching and learning | pedagogy | mentoring | developmental psychology

ABSTRACT
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.
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