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"YOUNGER FRIENDS/OLDER FRIENDS": A STUDY OF INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTIONS
Valerie Shahariw Kuehne
The Journal of Classroom Interaction
Vol. 24, No. 1 (1988-89 WINTER), pp. 14-21
Published by: Journal of Classroom Interaction
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23869781
Page Count: 8
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Organized, classroom-based intergenerational programs are a relatively recent phenomenon and are not well researched. This paper examines the interactions between adult and child day care group members in one such program using the sociological theories of Durkheim, Weber, and Bales. Following an ethnographic approach, the intergenerational group was observed and taxonomies of positive and negative interactions were developed. The group's primarily positive interactions were striking. Other interaction categories included ignored comments, collusion, and a welcoming ritual. The context for this study is an aging American society in which educational resources are limited. Implications of this study for educators, researchers, and children are emphasized.
The Journal of Classroom Interaction © 1988 H. Jerome Freiberg