Intergenerational Workplace Learning: Who learns what?


26 Febraury, 14.00 CET, online

The importance of intergenerational learning has recently been emphasized by many factors: population ageing, increasing chances of healthy old age, and prolonged job careers create opportunities for several generations meeting in the workplace; knowledge in its turn economy increases the need for creating, expanding and sharing knowledge; etc. Informal learning in the workplace is a relatively traditional research topic while its intergenerational dimension has received less interest.

The question to be answered is: What and how do members of different generations learn and which opportunities for mutual learning do they get in the workplace? Work teams however consist and are bound to consist of members of different generations. Age diversity in the workplace may bring a number of benefits, e.g. generate respect for senior staff and increase these people’s initiative, or provide them with opportunities to belong and be an integral part of society, involve them in support social networks, inspire others to deal with problems based on the experience of other generations and so on. How work teams deal with this variety and how they use the potential for intergenerational learning will be at the core of the presentation.

This sixth Session within the ESRALE course of Lectures will start on the 12.02.2016 at 14:00 (CET).

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This lecture will be provided by Petr Novotný, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Petr Novotný, Ph.D. is associate professor and head at the Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. His research is focused on workplace learning. He has been involved in research project Intergenerational Learning in Various Social Environments, which is supported by Czech Science Foundation. Beside that he deals with the topic of eldering workforce and age management.

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