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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Intergenerational Education

Intergenerational Education

(p.185) 19 Intergenerational Education
Urban Environmental Education Review

Shih-Tsen Nike Liu

Matthew S. Kaplan

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter considers how adding an intergenerational component to environmental education programs enriches the learning experience for participants regardless of age. Compared to multigenerational approaches to environmental education, whose aim is to include or accommodate different generations, intergenerational approaches seek to promote dialogue, collaborative learning, and mutual understanding. Intergenerational environmental education programs are being implemented in diverse urban settings around the world, including schools, parks, urban gardens, and community and environmental centers. The chapter discusses the benefits of intergenerational environmental learning for environmental education, for children and older adults, and for cities. It also looks at examples of intergenerational environmental education initiatives and explains how they are implemented.

Keywords:   environmental education, collaborative learning, intergenerational environmental learning, children, cities

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