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Intergenerational learning: preschool children and older people in a retirement home singing together.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2016 (English)In: NERA 2016, 9-11 march, Helsinki, Finland, 44th congress, 2016, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden generations are frequently segregated from one another, particularly the youngest and oldest people. The aim with this presentation is to describe an ongoing project where preschool children and older people in a nursing home have the opportunity to share a common experience of singing together. The project was initially designed to increase quality of life for elderly people and it was just taken for granted that the project would benefit the children. However, evaluation shows, the need of increased knowledge regarding children's learning in the project. This is the foundation of my study. Music teachers, children from preschool, elderly people who live in the nursing home, and staff from the nursing home and preschool are involved in this project. The project enables meetings between children, elderly and different categories of staff. Cross-border cooperation projects might contribute to develop a collective expertise where reflections of learning from professionals with different missions and working conditions and new ideas occur. This is a project where children make music and sing along with the elderly in a retirement home. My part of this project is to investigate how the professionals talk about the learning of the children. I have also been a supervisor for students writing their final written exam in teacher training linked to the project. They studied the project from a child perspective by observing and interviewing participating children. The overall aim of the study is two folded: to investigate what learning children will benefit according to the professionals involved and to identify the factors that influence these learning opportunities. The methods used are observations during the music sessions and interviews with the professionals involved. Jederlund (2002) believes that music should be seen as a tool that can help promote communication between different groups in society. The study used music as a glue that is expected to enable interaction and communication between different generations. The results shows however, that forms of communication varies depending on the organization and cooperation between different professions. Expectations and perceptions about the project's purpose is highlited as important factors which contribute to children's learning possibilities. The result of this study has relevance to Nordic educational research since it highlights childrens opportunities to learn from, and share knowledge with older people.

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children, older people, learning
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Educational science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10377OAI: diva2:1059077
44th NERA Congress is ‘Social Justice, Equality and Solidarity in Education?
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22

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