CRPR08002 2016 Creative Practice 3: Linking Generations. Creative Inter-generational Practice
Intergenerational practice can best be understood as any activity which “aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them” (Beth Johnson Foundation, 2001).
The aim of this module is to enable Learners to think critically about inter-generational work, as a relatively new interdisciplinary area for study, in relation to active citizenship, social inclusion and the building of sustainable communities.
The Learner will develop her/his knowledge of current policy concerns and the role of the early year's educator and social care practitioner in fostering potential areas for collaboration between generations and sectors to challenge ageism, challenge inter-generational mistrust and promote respect amongst generations.
According to the TOY Project Consortium, inter-generational learning initiatives involving young children (under 8yrs) are a neglected area in practice and policy. This module will equip the Learner with the skills to develop an inter-generational arts event for children under 8yrs and older people and connect the work to contemporary theory.
This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:
Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability
Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice, and Teamworking
Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
A) Outline B) Assess C) Synthesise
Case studies of inter-generational initiatives involving children, youth and older people at the local, national and international level
Key European research which investigates the aims, benefits, and challenges of intergenerational learning initiatives for older people and young children (Domain 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.14)
Combine her/his knowledge of the ECCE/SCP sector with the knowledge of a partner from the SCP/ECCE degree programme, in order to a) design and b) conduct a piece of community research. (Domain 2.12, 2.15, 5.8)
Through research conducted, the Learner will identify a need in the community, which could be appropriately met by carrying out an inter-generational event.(Domain 2.12, 2.15, 5.8)
A) Design B) Implement C) Evaluate
An inter-generational arts event for the Bealtaine Festival: Celebrating Creativity As We Age in May. (Domain 1.3,1.5, 1.8, 1.15, 1.22, 1.23, 2.2, 2.3, 2.16, 5.2, 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.16)
Identify the key features of inter-generational practice (Domain 5.1, 5.6, 5.7, 5.14)
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Arts-based and intergenerational methodologies
Module Assessment Strategies
Paired project work: A social action project
This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU standards of proficiency as follows:
1. A) Outline B) Assess C) Synthesis Case studies of inter‑generational initiatives involving children, youth and older people at local, national and international level Key European research which investigates the aims, benefits, and challenges of intergenerational learning initiatives for older people and young children Domain 5.6, 5.7; 5.8; 5.14
2. Combine her/his knowledge of the ECCE/SCP sector with the knowledge of a partner from the SCP/ECCE degree programme, in order to a) design and b) conduct a piece of community research. Domain 2.12; 2.15, 5.8
3. Through research conducted, the Learner will identify a need in the community, which could be appropriately met by carrying out an inter‑generational event. Domain 2.12; 2.15, 5.8
4. A) Design B) Implement C) Evaluate An inter‑generational arts event for the Bealtaine Festival: Celebrating Creativity As We Age in May. Domain 1.3; 1.5; 1.8; 1.15; 1.22; 1.23, 2.2, 2.3, 2.16, 5.2; 5.11; 5.12; 5.13; 5.16
5. Identify the key features of inter‑generational practice Domain 5.1; 5.6, 5.7; 5.14
To be decided at Exam Board
The arts as a vehicle for social change: Arts skills development for intergenerational practice
Intergenerational learning as a methodology for teaching and learning
Ethical and practice issues: the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
Tackling ageism: Developing a community of change-makers
Children as agents in their own learning
Civic ideals and practices: Empowering communities
Promoting Social Justice: Interdependence and responsibility through Social Justice
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project||Practical||Group Project||100 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
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