Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3916/C45-2015-10

Keywords:

Ageing, technology, teaching-learning, older adults, youth, intergenerational programmes, intergenerational relationships, communication

Abstract

Nowadays, as ageing increases in Western societies it has become more evident that multiple generations are ageing concurrently at any given time in history. Therefore, ageing must be approached as a multi-generational phenomenon, not just as a question of elders. In this context, situations that engender increased interactions between generations are garnering more attention. There is a growing emphasis on expanding the role of technology in intergenerational programmes, within the field of intergenerational studies. Consequently, this paper is focused on education and learning processes within intergenerational programmes with a strong technology component. Information from a total of 46 intergenerational programmes from 11 countries has been gathered through a survey. Level of impact, status of generational groups, and centrality of technology have been appraised for all programmes in the sample. Technology learning-teaching constitute the main area of intended impact of these programmes. However, the surveyed programmes employ as well a wide range of strategies to facilitate intergenerational communication, cooperation and relationship formation between generations involved. Interest of programmes examined does not just consist of teaching the use technology but of experimenting with technology in different forms and functions and exploring the positive potential for enhancing intergenerational relationships.

Published

2015-07-01

How to Cite

Sánchez, M., Kaplan, M., & Bradley, L. (2015). Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function. Comunicar, 23(45), 95–104. https://doi.org/10.3916/C45-2015-10