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Kaplan awarded for research efforts

Posted: July 22, 2015

Washington, D.C.-based Generations United has announced that Dr. Matt Kaplan (Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging at Penn State) and Dr. Alan Lai (Director of the Intergenerational English as a Second Language Program) are co-recipients of the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research. This award honors a significant contribution in the utilization of evaluation research in documenting the processes and outcomes of a new or existing intergenerational program.

“We are honored to present Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Lai with the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research,” said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United.  “They collaboratively developed an intergenerational English as a second language (IG-ESL) guidebook and curriculum that enlists older adult volunteers to be instructors in college-based ESL classes.  The curriculum was implemented at the Institute of Active Ageing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, taking advantage of the area’s high number of highly educated older adults and is a valuable addition to the intergenerational field.”

Dr. Kaplan will receive his award at the Generations United conference being held July 21-24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.