An intergenerational approach for enriching children's environmental attitudes and knowledge

Shih Tsen Liu, Matthew S. Kaplan

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Intergenerational programming, which brings children, youth, and older adults together for mutually beneficial interaction, represents a relatively new strategy for broadening the public's awareness and participation in environmental activities. To explore the potential benefits of involving older adults and young people in joint environmental education experiences, a study was conducted of an intergenerational outdoor education program in an environmental center in Central Pennsylvania. Senior adult volunteers were found to influence children to adopt an enriched sense of awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Senior-student relations were influenced by staff facilitation styles, the roles taken by the seniors, and the intergenerational engagement format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Environmental Education and Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication
  • General Environmental Science


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