Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Melissa Nemon

Abstract

This participatory social justice focused project used both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine how the intergenerational model challenges ageism in society. This project provided a space for knowledge creation and committed action of community leaders of the North Shore, MA. Through analysis of current literature as well as respondents’ participation in surveys, observational and interactive activities during a 2-hour training: All Ages All Together it was found that by intentionally planning for intergenerational programming you allow opportunities for relationships to grow; by raising awareness of the role media plays on the construction of stigmas and stereotypes participants were able to spot and call out ageist attitudes and behaviors; by viewing community through the Age-Friendly model both individuals and organizations were able to asses where they can best implement and support intergenerational programs; and by examining values across generations it was discovered we have more in common than we might think. This project supports the intergenerational model as a community tool that is likely to increase overall quality of life.

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