Teaching for Wisdom in an Intergenerational High-School-English Class

  • DeMichelis C
  • Ferrari M
  • Rozin T
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Abstract

Although the psychological benefits of intergenerational learning environments have been well documented, no study has yet investigated wisdom as an outcome of intergenerational classroom engagement. In this study, Elders between the age 60–89 were recruited to participate in a high-school English classroom. We hypothesized that participating in an intergenerational high-school classroom would benefit both Elders and Students by fostering the conditions for both groups to develop greater psychological wisdom. Our findings indicate that both Elders and Students actively engaged the five dimensions of wisdom identified by Webster (2003, 2007) during their time in the intergenerational class. Further, we find that while Students and Elders both demonstrated aspects of wisdom, they understood the concept of wisdom in strikingly different ways. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

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Authors

  • Carey DeMichelis

  • Michel Ferrari

  • Tanya Rozin

  • Bianca Stern

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