The Benefits of Intergenerational Learning in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from Two Age Friendly University Programs

Mikulas Pstross, Trudy Corrigan, Richard Knopf, Hee Kyung Sung, Craig A. Talmage, Carmel Conroy, Cathy Fowley

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Abstract

This article focuses on the role of universities in the promotion of intergenerational learning and the facilitation of reciprocal sharing of expertise among learners of all ages. The principles of the Age Friendly University are used as a particular lens for interpreting two university programs, one in the United States and one in Ireland. Though different in operational implementation, core commonalities emerged within the nature of benefits to younger learners, older learners, the university, and the community. A review of these benefits illustrates how universities can provide opportunities for older and younger learners to co-create experiences and mutually enrich each other’s lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInnovative Higher Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jul 11 2016

Keywords

  • Age Friendly University
  • communities of practice
  • intergenerational learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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