A Paradigm for Intergenerational Learning

Paris Strom and Robert Strom

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

A Paradigm for Intergenerational Learning

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Public expectations should be changed so that all age groups experience certain aspects of social transformation together. In this way, each cohort will understand that harmony and cohesion require the adjustment of more than a single generation. This presentation identifies formative elements of a paradigm to support intergenerational learning. Emphasis is placed on the conditions needed to motivate optimal support, societal benefits of reciprocal learning, and ways to improve education in the classroom and at home. Adults want schools to communicate the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that students need to become successful. Grownups must become equally concerned about how to detect and meet their own learning needs. Every age group can become more influential by finding out how their behavior is perceived by other generations.

Keywords: lifelong learning; intergenerational learning; reciprocal learning; grandparents; parents; families; generation; older adults; motivation; education

Article.  10040 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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