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Intergenerational learning: collaborations to develop civic literacy in young children in Irish primary school

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Thomas Scharf



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This study investigated the potential of intergenerational learning collaborations to develop civic literacy in young children in Irish primary school. The study, measured against a control group, used a mixed-methods embedded design. Quantitative results confirmed that, across a range of curriculum-related collaborations, student self-reported civic literacy ratings, substantiated by teacher checklists, showed significant improvement (p≤0.01) in civic literacy scores over an academic year. Qualitative findings explained how intergenerational learning collaborations contributed to desired outcomes for civic literacy in young children.

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Author(s): Hanmore-Cawley M, Scharf T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Year: 2018

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 104-122

Online publication date: 22/12/2017

Acceptance date: 16/08/2017

Date deposited: 28/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1535-0770

ISSN (electronic): 1535-0932

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/15350770.2018.1404421


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