The Story of Intergenerational Learning at Atlantic Technological University Sligo

Marie Hanmore-Cawley and Kate Brown team teach a module in intergenerational learning (IGL) at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Sligo Ireland. Their professional relationship was forged through a shared understanding of the power of intergenerational work, and a drive to embed IG learning in the curriculum at all levels of education, from Early Years to Higher Education. Read their blogpost about their story and current work.

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Golden Age Park: Activating urban public space for IG engagement

by Claire Nelischer and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

During a sunny Saturday in February 2022, in the central city neighborhood of Westlake, Los Angeles, a quiet pocket park was transformed into a bustling intergenerational space for music, art, food, and community.

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Walkie talkies and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – maintaining IG friendships through COVID

April 7, 2022 | Eilish Balfe

One of our regular TOY blog contributors is Eilish Balfe, from Happy Days Early Years Service, Ireland. In this blog she describes the creative strategies the children and residents in the local nursing home have been using this past year to maintain their friendships.

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New book: Intergenerational Bonds. Interview with the editors

March 25, 2022 | Margaret Kernan

Mary Renck Jalongo and Patricia Crawford, co-editors of the newly published book ‘Intergenerational Bonds. The Contributions of older adults to young children’s lives‘ (Springer) engage in a wide-ranging discussion with Margaret Kernan, co-coordinator of TOY. The interview covers the current status of IGL in education scholarship and teaching, the role of children’s literature in promoting IGL and the importance of volunteering in IGL practice.

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Intergenerational learning as a pedagogical strategy in ECE services

January 31, 2022 | Anne Fitzpatrick

Community and public spaces can serve as rich and innovative learning environments for children by using intergenerational learning (IGL) as a pedagogical strategy. This was a key finding of a recent PhD study about IGL in early childhood education (ECE) services in Ireland conducted by Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick. The study demonstrates how IGL offers a contemporary take on a long-established belief that it takes a village to raise a child.

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