Intergenerational Learning

Giulia Cortellesi, Jessica Harpley and Margaret Kernan

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice

Published in print September 2018 | ISBN: 9780190676315
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190676322 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Intergenerational Learning

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This chapter explores the potential of intergenerational learning (IGL) occurring in communities around the globe to contribute to cultural conservation and cultural transformation. It builds on recent developments in theory and research to explore IGL as a mechanism for building and transforming cultural heritage between children and older adults. The benefits of IGL programs for both individual and community well-being are discussed, as well as the ability of IGL projects to foster social integration and acceptance in multicultural and diverse communities. The chapter makes a strong case for the integration of IGL programs within societies, especially migrant communities, to preserve and transform cultural heritage and build intercultural communities, for the benefit of all.

Keywords: multicultural; culture; heritage; cultural transformation; intergenerational learning; cultural transmission; intercultural dialogue; young children; older adults; social cohesion

Article.  6060 words. 

Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology

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