ERIC Number: EJ1103833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Fostering a New Model of Multigenerational Learning: Older Adult Perspectives, Community Partners, and Higher Education
Dauenhauer, Jason; Steitz, David W.; Cochran, Lynda J.
Educational Gerontology, v42 n7 p483-496 2016
Intergenerational service-learning initiatives are an increasingly common educational practice designed to engage college students and older adults with one another. The growth of the baby boomer population and a growing interest in lifelong learning opportunities among older adults have the potential to create new models of multigenerational education within colleges and universities. The purpose of this study is to describe the multigenerational interaction and educational interests of older adults who reside in a medium-sized independent and assisted living setting. Results from a survey completed by elders (n = 128) and two focus groups (n = 17) indicate a strong interest in multigenerational-learning with college students. A majority of elders preferred on-site programming (as opposed to attending sessions on a college campus), time-limited faculty-led lectures around topics related to history, arts, computers, and literature. These findings are of great importance for institutions of higher education that are preparing students for careers in an aging society and can expand their educational offerings to lifelong learners using a multigenerational framework.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Higher Education, College Students, Partnerships in Education, Lifelong Learning, Baby Boomers, Focus Groups, Teaching Methods, Service Learning, Data Collection, Surveys, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York (Rochester)
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