Intergenerational Learning & Active Citizenship in Non-formal Education e-learning course

Intergenerational Learning and Active Citizenship in Non-formal Education course is now available in our GE&IN e-learning platform. This formal university course was developed as a constructor of Identity and Culture. The course contents, prepared and pre-tested by the University of Eastern Finland last summer, consist of five learning modules and five interactive videos and concern:

  1. an historical overview on intergenerational learning,
  2. pedagogical viewpoints to intergenerational learning,
  3. intergenerational learning, equality and democracy,
  4. life course approach, and
  5. the meaning of intergenerational learning in modern societies.

The five modules have been thought for self-studying. They can be explored individually and present independent assignments and literature.

A fundamental concept analysed is that Intergenerational Learning refers to a multidimensional and multidirectional learning process among people from different generations. It means that people learn to understand other generations and their own worldviews, and, in the same time, there is an active bilateral teaching process between younger and older generations. It is not only older generations teaching the Youngers. How? There are a myriad of pedagogical methods in the field of non-formal education such as dialogic Learning, museum learning and service learning, all of them described in details. The course analyse also potentially problematic areas related to the concepts of intergenerational learning and active citizenship, by providing critical perspective to the core concepts and tools to plan inclusive and effective practices. To capture the real meaning of intergenerational learning it is vital to see it in connection to the wider life course and, thanks to practical assignments, the course explain in practice what does it mean. Finally, Evidence-based practice (EBP) in Non-formal Education are well described in the context of modern societies.

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