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What do older people learn from young people? Intergenerational learning in ‘day centre’ community settings in Malta

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JournalInternational Journal of LIfelong Education
DatePublished - 20 Jun 2016
Number of pages20
Original languageEnglish


This study analyses what motivates older people to attend ‘day centres’ in Malta and what they believe that they derive from young people who carry out their placements at these day ‘centres’ These young people, who are aged 16–17, attend a vocational college in Malta and are studying health and social care. The study is based on a qualitative approach and employs the usage of focus groups. The main findings are that the elderly see the students as helping them on an emotional level by giving them encouragement, and on a practical level, by offering them insights that help them in modern-day life.

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The author has a particular research interest in both education and social care/social work. The thrust of his work is on exploring what motivates people to make a positive difference in their own lives and in those of others. His background in sociology, and his empirical focus on the interaction between structure and agency have led him to conclude that the people who are most likely to fend off the odds are those who believe in themselves.

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