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1st Edition

Intergenerational Learning in Practice
Together Old and Young

ISBN 9781138363465
Published November 15, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on innovative global practice, Intergenerational Learning in Practice presents a unique contribution to the field of intergenerational learning. Drawing on the Together Old and Young (TOY) programme, this book provides a comprehensive background to intergenerational learning, along with tools and resources to help develop and improve your own intergenerational practice.

 Experienced international authors from Europe, North America and Australia provide a broad array of perspectives on intergenerational learning, ranging from pedagogy to planning and community development, and cover topics including:

  • The context, theory and existing research behind intergenerational learning
  • The changing relationships between young children and older adults
  • Building communities and services for all ages
  • Managing everyday encounters in public spaces between young and old
  • Ensuring quality in intergenerational practice
  • Insights on how intergenerational learning challenges discrimination

Intergenerational Learning in Practice is a valuable resource for practitioners and leaders in Early Childhood Education and Care and those working in primary schools, as well as professionals caring for older adults, and those working in community development.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Chapter 1 - Introduction to TOY Approach to intergenerational learning

Margaret Kernan and Giulia Cortellesi

Part One – Intergenerational learning context, theory and research

Chapter 2 - The changing lives and relationships of young children and older adults: implications for intergenerational learning

Carmel Gallagher

Chapter 3: Towards a pedagogy of intergenerational learning

Anne Fitzpatrick

Chapter 4 – "Old Peoples Home for 4-Year-Olds": a social experiment looking at the impact of contact on health and wellbeing

Rachael Dutton and David Williams

Chapter 5 - Hearing children’s voices in intergenerational learning and practice

Jennifer Cartmel, Katrina Radford, Kevin Bell, Xanthe Golenko and Anneke Fitzgerald

Chapter 6 - Everyday encounters in public spaces - spatial potentials for intergenerational relationships

Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena

Chapter 7 - Building all-age friendly communities and services

Victoria Titterington, Julie Melville and Lynn Johnston

Part Two - Inspirational IGL Practices

Chapter 8 - Playing for Cohesion

Stanislav Daniel, Szilvia Rezmuves, Giulia Cortellesi and Zorica Trikić

Chapter 9: Young children and older adults under one roof. Providence Mount St. Vincent—Seattle, a pioneer of intergenerational care

Susan P. Clark and Marie L. Hoover

Chapter 10: Intergenerational Learning in Australian Aboriginal Communities

Libby Lee-Hammond, Jessica Harpley and Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett

Chapter 11 - The role of the pedagogical coach in the encounter between older adults and children in Belgium

Joke Den Haese

Chapter 12 - An Intergenerational Early Childhood Sustainable Skills Project

Diane Boyd and Catherine McNeill

Chapter 13 - An intergenerational summer camp in Italy

Silvia Porta and Ilaria Farina

Chapter 14: Ensuring quality in intergenerational practice

Margaret Kernan, Carla Dessi and Giulia Cortellesi


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Margaret Kernan is Senior Programme Manager at International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI, Netherlands, and overall coordinator of the TOY programme.

Giulia Cortellesi is Senior Programme Manager at International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI, Netherlands, and coordinator of the TOY for Inclusion Project.


"The soul is healed by being with children. This book provides the scientific underpinning of Dostoyevsky’s wisdom. It gives inspiring examples of connecting the young and the elderly and how to strengthen community life." - Elly Singer, Associate Professor University Utrecht, The Netherlands, retired

"Borrowing a term from the book, this edited volume is a good quality "polyvalent form" for it demonstrates multifunctionality. It consists of a high-grade compendium of theoretical reflections and inspirational practices around intergenerational learning, with a much-needed focus on young children, but beyond platitudes and caring for quality. Further, it presents readers with a broad spectrum of provocative questions and tips not only for but from intergenerational practice in a wide range of sites, cultural contexts and countries. Overall, it is an interesting jigsaw to play with while learning about intergenerational learning, and an excellent antidote for any older-people centered intergenerational work!" - Dr. Mariano Sánchez, Department of Sociology, University of Granada, Spain

"There is much to love about this book. The opening passage illuminates the contours of meaning and joyful engagement between an older adult volunteer and a classroom of tuned-in 5-year-olds reading together. The following 14 chapters introduce fresh concepts, perspectives, and examples of "intergenerational learning" in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. My favorite highlights: an intergenerational summer camp in Italy; "culturally responsive" storytelling to expose Aboriginal children to indigenous language and knowledge; intergenerational "play hubs" created with Roma children; and some spatial concepts and considerations for designing age-inclusive public spaces." - Matthew Kaplan, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Pennsylvania State University, USA