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"It's A Magical Thing": Intergenerational Learning at the Royal South Street Society

McLaren, Mary-Rose (2008) "It's A Magical Thing": Intergenerational Learning at the Royal South Street Society. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 6 (1). pp. 7-24. ISSN 1535-0770

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Abstract

The Royal South Street Society was originally established to meet an educational need in nineteenth-century Ballarat (a gold fields town in Victoria, Australia). It is now the organising group for a substantial eisteddfod that involves thousands of competitors in performing arts and debating, and hundred of volunteers. This paper considers the experiences of some of the competitors, volunteers and organisers in order to explore the ways that the intergenerational experience of the competitions builds community capacity within the city of Ballarat. The nature of the learning that takes place through participation, for both competitors and volunteers, and the ways in which individuals become connected to their communities through this experience, are examined. Also considered are the ways in which intergenerational relationships developed through the competitions foster a sense of belonging and worth both for the young, who are usually the competitors, and for the older members of the community, who are often the volunteers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID15902, community capacity, learning, community connection, intergenerational bonds, empowerment, performing arts
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 04:10
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 04:10
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3836
DOI: 10.1300/J194v06n01_02
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