The Role of Intergenerational Learning in Adult Education

This OER (Open educational resource) written for EPALE includes an article (that you can read on our platform or download as a pdf), there is also a video and a quiz to assess your competences.


Intergenerational learning can take place in a variety of social settings and through different programmes or projects which assist to strengthen social capital and bonds creating social cohesion in our communities.

It works well to combat stereotypes such as ageism (targeted towards young and old) and can assist to address demographic changes and bring solidarity across the life cycle, breaking down barriers and working towards an intergenerational world. In our changing world, society has a gone through changes, with a break down in family and geographic mobility – with generations being separated, particularly younger and older people.

Negative stereotyping and lack of contact between these groups has led or can lead to a deterioration in social cohesion in our communities. Both groups have resources that are valued, through intergenerational learning they can share their skills and worth with each other. Both groups are marginalised in decision making and have more in common than they realise.

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