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The Legacy Café - A trial of intergenerational and sustainable learning in an early childhood centre in Liverpool.

Boyd, DJ (2018) The Legacy Café - A trial of intergenerational and sustainable learning in an early childhood centre in Liverpool. Springer World Series Sustainability. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Early childhood is a transformative period where attitudes and foundations for life are laid (Siraj-Blatchford et al, 2008). The principles of education for sustainability reflect a holistic and interconnected approach, similar to the ecological context of early childhood. This interconnectedness is further highlighted with the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and socio/cultural), that they are all interrelated (Brundtland, 1987). The ecological context centres the child in their own contextual and cultural environment. Bronfenbrenner (1989) noted a key element of this environment or community was its “a dynamic entity which is constantly changing” (Keenan and Evans, 2010:35) reflecting flexibility and the bi-relational aspect when the child not only interacts with their environment, but influences it too. The Legacy Intergenerational sustainable skill café is a socially cultural integrated model, bringing generations within communities together, building a more sustainable society, a “community of practice” (Lave and Wenger, 1991) researching through a “place of possibilities” (Dahlberg and Moss, 2006,p12). The elderly willingly share cultural traditions with families and children in disappearing or lost skills that are being ‘divorced’ (Langlands, 2018) from our identity or cultural heritage, reflecting a “collective responsibility” (Dahlberg and Moss, 2006:10) validating the position of the family as a socialising agent’ (Mbebeb, 2009, p25).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2018 14:14
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9034

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