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Intergenerational collaboration between kindergarten and home for the elderly

Erika Smrke (2019) Intergenerational collaboration between kindergarten and home for the elderly. MSc thesis.

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    Sustainable society development is the strategy with which Slovenia shall enable a high quality of life for all generations (Guidelines for Education for Sustainable Development, 2007). The Curriculum for Kindergartens (1999) shows how important it is for children to explore social environment in which they grow up, live and are active in, while the adults are the ones that help a child explore this environment. A child would in this way learn local history, local tradition and local customs. Such intergenerational coopoeration has a positive effect on society and family since it develops good relationships, solidarity and tolerance (Erenda, idr., 2014). Ramovš (2014) finds that society can only progress if all three generations can coexist. Also, coexistance is easier to achieve if we start bringing generations together while a child is still in kindergarten (Ksenija Ramovš, 2013). A child can in this way be taught tolerance and understanding of older generation's place in society, while they would in return transfer their experience and knowledge on the younger generation (Kralj, 2009). In the empirical part we explored how much and in what way kindergartens cooperate with older generation, how they plan such meet-ups, is there a difference between urban and rural kindergartens' cooperation, kindergarten workers' perspective, what effect such cooperation has and how children and their parents respond to it. The survey of kindergarten teachers, kindergartners, retirement home therapists and seniors show that cooperations between children and seniors happen about 1-2 times per year. The seniors in such cases are usually grandparents of children, seniors in retirement homes or local seniors. The main difference between urban and rural kindergartens is that rural kindergartens have more outdoor activities and exploration of local areas. All survey participants have positive attitude towards intergenerational cooperation between kindergarten and seniors while also emphasise the importance of such cooperation at kindergarten age.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: kindergarten, intergenerational cooperation, kindergarten curriculum, ethical development, activities for children
    Number of Pages: 80
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tatjana DevjakMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12599113
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5975
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 13:18
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 13:18
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5975

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