The future of intergenerational learning: redefining the focus?

Title: The future of intergenerational learning: redefining the focus?
Author: Bottery, Mike
Source document: Studia paedagogica. 2016, vol. 21, iss. 2, pp. 9-[24]
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    1803-7437 (print)
    2336-4521 (online)
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This paper argues that an examination of the literature suggests that many things go by the name of intergenerational learning. It can simply mean any form of learning – formal or informal – in which one generation affects the learning of another, or it can have more focused meanings, the most current perhaps being that of directing formal and informal learning towards dealing with a global demographic context of ageing societies, and therefore of the possibility of utilizing the talents of both young and old in helping each other. Yet two questions arise: are all the possible relationships within an intergenerational context utilized, and why should intergenerational learning not be used for a number of other major global and societal changes? This paper argues that the number of possible relationships involved in intergenerational learning could be expanded, and that more future-focused forms would also lead to the incorporation of other, more widely globalized issues as part of its pedagogic canvas.
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