Intergenerational Learning

‘Intergenerational learning’ describes learning that happens between generations, that is to say, between people at different life stages, most obviously between children and adults. The value of and the processes involved in intergenerational learning are a focus of study in childhood and educational literature. Particularly, there is increased interest in the role children play in intergenerational learning and how intergenerational learning can and should be a part of formal learning. This entry first provides an overview of intergenerational learning and then discusses its value and how it is commonly promoted.


The notion of intergenerational learning challenges understandings about learning familiar to many, whereby skills, knowledge, and values are assumed to be passed down in a process of succession from adults to children. Children’s learning often is ...

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