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ERIC Number: EJ898717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Intergenerational Relationships at the Center: Finding Shared Meaning from Programs in the U.S. and Japan
Larkin, Elizabeth; Kaplan, Matthew S.
Young Children, v65 n3 p88-94 May 2010
Newcomers to intergenerational programs in early childhood settings tend to recognize immediately the value of bringing younger and older age groups together. However, they then ask, "But what do they do together?" The goal of intergenerational programs is to promote bonds between younger and older generations--relationships that will benefit both groups. But devising a series of planned steps to establish a successful intergenerational program is not the entire story. More than planning is involved in developing the rewarding relationships at the core of a program's purpose. There is also an "organic" side, where emerging relationships among the children, seniors, and staff determine how the intergenerational goals are achieved. The authors consider the positive relationships between young children and older adults to be the most important outcome of intergenerational programs. Here the authors highlight different strategies used by programs in the United States and Japan to guide their organic sides in building good relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States