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Special Issues

2018: volume 16, issue 1, to be published in March 2018
Improving our Schools through Intergenerational Learning and Education
Guest Edited by ariano Sanchez, Peter Whitehouse and Lynn Johnston

We are now accepting submissions that explore conceptual and practical frameworks to foster intergenerational learning and education in the school system in general and at particular schools; assessments of experiences already in place geared toward strengthening the intergenerational nature of teaching and learning, among other topics. Please review Call for Papers for additional details and submission instructions.
CALL FOR PAPERS for 2018 Special Issue: Intergenerational Learning and Education in Schools

2017: volume 15, issue 1, to be published in March 2017
Lifelong Learning and Education
Guest Edited by Ann-Kristin Bostrom and Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha

This upcoming special issue will feature both Scholarly Research and From the Field papers describing lifelong and later-life learning and multi-generational educational initiatives.

2015: volume 13, issue 1
Intergenerational Family Relations in the Multi-Cultural Society of Israel
Guest Edited by Ariela Lowenstein and Ruth Katz

Long-term, scientific collaboration in the research arena of intergenerational family relations directed the initiation of this special issue of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) on, "Intergenerational Family Relations in the Multi-Cultural Society of Israel."  Coming from diverse social disciplines, gerontology and sociology, Guest Editors intertwined their interests in understanding family lives of elders in modern societies and especially within the pluralistic society of Israel.  The set of articles in this special issue seeks to address the core issues of ageing and intergenerational family relations in a multicultural society.  Bringing a number of social scientists together with an interdisciplinary research background can, thus, contribute to paint and analyze different aspects of family intergenerational relations within various cultural groups from theoretical and empirical perspectives.

2014: volume 12, issue 4
Reflecting Back and Moving Forward: Shaping the Intergenerational Future
Guest Edited by our new Co-Editors in Chief, Leng Leng Thang and Rafael Engel

The title of this special issue, "Reflecting Back and Moving Forward: Shaping the Intergenerational Future," sums up not just the substance of this issue´s content but also the momentous change occurring for the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR).  After 12 years and 48 issues, Dr. Sally Newman has stepped down as the Editor-in-Chief and we have accepted the daunting challenge of following in her footsteps.  The fact that it takes two of us reflects the very large hole that is left with Sally´s retirement and the growth of the journal under her tutelage.  Sally has been an instrumental leader in growing not only this journal but the whole field of intergenerational programming and many of us have been directly or indirectly influenced by her efforts.  This special issue reviews and projects developments in the intergenerational field.  Both the academic papers and the reflections about JIR were authored by Editorial Board members as well as key stakeholders.  In addition, we have included three scholarly articles demonstrative of the research and theoretical work being done currently.

From the Field Section Expansion

From Volume 8 onward, the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships has widened the scope of its From the Field section. Apart from the traditional Program Profiles, Adult and Children's Book Reviews, Media Reviews, and Forum papers, Reflections from the Field, critical reflections on specific topics not necessarily relating to a program, and New Programs in the Field, concept papers about new program ideas or programs under development, are welcome.

With these two new subsections we encourage more contributions from practitioners in the intergenerational field.

Read more about our From the Field Section including submission directions here.