Learning Throughout Life

An Intergenerational Perspective

Robert D. Strom, Arizona State University
Paris S. Strom, Auburn University

A volume in the series: Lifespan Learning. Editor(s): Paris S. Strom, Auburn University. Robert D. Strom, Arizona State University.

Published 2012

The dangers of age segregation and the benefits of age integration are examined. Each generation should be recognized as an essential source for learning. Harmony will increasingly depend on general awareness of how other age groups interpret events, respect for values that guide their behavior, responsiveness to their needs and concerns, consideration of their criticisms and solutions, and acknowledgement of their contributions.

This book describes: (a) personality assets and mental abilities to focus learning at each stage of development; (b) obstacles to anticipate and overcome; (c) a rationale to make reciprocal learning common; (d) research findings which identify generational learning needs; and (e) benefits of providing lifelong education. Six stages are explored: infancy and early childhood (birth-age 6); middle and later childhood (ages 6-10); adolescence (ages 10-20); early adulthood (ages 20-40); middle adulthood (ages 40-60); and older adulthood (age 60+). Some outcomes of lifelong learning include self-control, patience, integrity, resilience, persistence, problem solving ability, acceptance of criticism, and generativity. The intended audiences for this book are professionals working with individuals and families.

Preface. PART I: INFANCY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD (BIRTH-AGE 6) 1. Language and Socialization. 2. Self-Control and Patience. 3. Reflection and Imagination. 4. Fear and Critical Thinking. PART II: MIDDLE AND LATER CHILDHOOD (AGES 6-10) 5. Television and Social Networks. 6. Thinking and Selective Attention. 7. Integrity and Ethical Standards. PART III: ADOLESCENCE (AGES 10-20) 8. Identity Status and Goals. 9. Team Skills for School and Work. 10. Physical Health and Risks. PART IV: EARLY ADULTHOOD (AGES 20-40) 11. Creative Thinking and Innovation. 12. Resilience and Stress. 13. College and Family Choices. PART V: MIDDLE ADULTHOOD (AGES 40-60) 14. Self-Evaluation and Maturity. 15. Reciprocal Learning and Teaching. 16. Caregivers and Aging Parents. PART VI: OLDER ADULTS (AGE 60+) 17. Grandparents and Generativity. 18. Cognitive Health and Education. 19. Longevity and Identity Change. References.