Social Action and Learning Praxis of College Students’ Engagement in the Intergenerational Learning Service Project between Grandparents and Grandchildren
This study explored the social reflections and practical actions of intergenerational learning activities for college students. Researchers and research teams planned intergenerational learning service projects to articulate learning praxis between service learning and intergenerational learning. These projects attempted to resolve the social problems about the aging effects and social engagement within the different age groups, and highlighted the social responsibility of practical participation and action behavior in social learning service projects for college students. Researchers combined observations and interviews with the literature to know about the connection between college students and participating partners in the social practice field. Based on the discourse of service learning and social praxis, researchers configured the image of intergenerational interactions, intergenerational learning, social services, and praxis reflection. This study took the intergenerational learning service project in Y University of Science and Technology as the main observational field. This service project took one semester as the instructional practical period. 25 participants engaged in intergenerational learning activities were selected as interview subjects, and the data were analyzed according to the field notes and observations. The results showed that college students had positive attitudes toward the elderly through the practice and reflection of the intergenerational learning activities, and they learned wisdom and experience from the elderly. They also constructed the meaningful intergenerational interactions to strengthen the social interaction model about supporting and caring between different age groups with the natural collaborative approach. Finally, based on the results, the researchers proposed social cooperative service strategies for college students and their peers to use in intergenerational learning activities, and for academic community and university-related units to use in empowering advancement for college students’ social services and learning practices, to serve as a reference for instructional innovation.
|關鍵詞||大學生、社會行動、祖孫代間學習、學習實踐、college students、social action、intergenerational learning between grandparents and grandchildren、learning praxis|