Creating and Utilizing Spaces to Enhance Intergenerational Learning at Schools and Results

POLAT S., Okcu Y., Celik C.

4th International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All (ICLEL), Wroclaw, Poland, 3 - 05 July 2018, pp.127-136 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Wroclaw
  • Country: Poland
  • Page Numbers: pp.127-136
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the study is to explore the requirements of schools to increase intergenerational learning, collaboration and solidarity amongst the Baby Boomers, X and Y generations, based on the views of school principals. The research focuses on how to create spaces for interaction among different generations and what consequences will arise when intergenerational spaces are created. This study was conducted with phenomenological research design which is one of the qualitative research methods. The study group consisted of 12 school principals who were identified with the maximum diversity sampling technique from Kocaeli Province, Dilovasi District. Criteria used in the selection of school principals are to work as managers in different schools (kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and high school) and to work in different school types. In this study, the data were collected with a semi-structured interview form and the content analysis method was used for analysis. Interview questions were determined by researchers in the direction of research questions. Creation of intergenerational space is the main topic of this study whereas subtopics are scope and opportunities. On the other hand, findings collected from the study group indicate that principals mention intramural and out of school events about the creation of intergenerational space. These events are met under the titles of sports, art, entertainments and educational space. Finally, the results of creating spaces are examined in the study. Nevertheless, this research has some limitations in terms of its design and participation. For this reason, more extensive research can be done in the future.