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Author Heydon, Rachel, 1971-

Title Learning at the ends of life : children, elders, and literacies in intergenerational curricula / Rachel M. Heydon
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 235 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction to intergenerational learning programs -- Who can say what is in my heart? Illustrations of what intergenerational learning programs have meant to their participants -- Cases of the building and maintaining of intergenerational shared-sire programs -- Literacy learning opportunities in intergenerational curricula -- Opportunities created by a semiotic chain in an intergenerational art curriculum -- Living, death, and dying in intergenerational learning programs -- The lessons of intergenerational learning curricula
Summary Intergenerational learning programs bring together skipped generations (for instance, elders and young children) to promote expansive communication and identity options for participants, as well as the forging of relationships between generations. More specifically, these programs help foster multimodal literacy for both generations, encouraging new ways of seeing oneself and the world. Learning at the Ends of Life illustrates the unique benefits of these trail-blazing programs through more than seven years of research on developing and implementing intergenerational curricula in Canada and the United States. The first formal and sustained work on intergenerational curricula and literacies, Learning at the Ends of Life details the experiences of educators and participants in these programs. Rachel M. Heydon brings to life the particular possibilities of arts-based, multimodal curricula that draw on participants' existing funds of knowledge and interests. Providing practical suggestions for pedagogies and curricula, Heydon helps educators rethink what is taken for granted in monogenerational learning sites and see new possibilities for learners and themselves. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Children and older people.
Education -- Curricula.
Intergenerational relations.
Internet in education.
Literacy programs.
Older people -- Education -- Curricula.
Older people -- Education.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 144266245X (electronic bk.)
9781442662452 (electronic bk.)