Intergenerational Learning in Adult Education

Intergenerational learning (IL) is where people of all ages can learn together and from each other, classically common within families where knowledge is shared down the generations. More recently however it is seen as being facilitated with wider social groups outside the family circle. Academics, including Kaplan (2002) and Vanderbeck & Worth (2015) suggest the newer model contributes to the socialisation of the young and focuses on relationships. Kaplan, Sanchez & Hoffman, in their 2017 book Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society, suggest that intergenerational relationships are instruments for the development and support of a sense of trust, in times where trust and social capital are eroding rapidly.