Year Published: 2020

Author: Autumn Green, Ph.D.

This report explores and develops a two-generational approach to college-level teaching, referred to as The Two-Generation Classroom. It proposes an initiative to launch and pilot the project in various colleges and universities, including four-year institutions, community colleges, and satellite campus/community-based program partnerships. 

The Two-Generation Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning offered within the general education core to facilitate parent/child intergenerational learning, intentionally designed for and targeting student parents with young children (although non-parenting students may also enroll with a sibling, friend, or other child that they care for). 

Using hybrid learning designs that include adult-oriented assignments to be completed outside of class time, weekly classroom time for two-generational integrated arts teaching/learning activities, and a weekly “family homework” assignment, the Two-Generation Classroom approach aims to address and reduce inequity in college access and success for student parents. It also ensures excellence and rigor in the curricula through targeted learning objectives, and differentiated learning and engagement outcomes for adult and child.

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